About

Bio

Printmaking motivated me to make art. Printing inspired—but more importantly encouraged me to develop—my visual language. While working an etching plate, I had noticed a classmate subtracting ink from a clear plastic plate with a cotton swab. He would practice the same technique for the same image on more plates of different colors. On a single paper, he would register these several plates together. I just witnessed a monotype and this changed my art.

Though making monotypes may seem a reverse step in the printing industry, drafting an image with painterly gestures in layers of colors provided more immediate and surprising results. To learn this printing process, I worked on a series of glassware still-lifes. Artists such as Alan MaGee, Charles Bragg and Egon Schiele inspired my visual storytelling and character rendering. Their exaggerated proportions and forms fit my idea of object making on a surface: Magee and Bragg's caricatures had a punk attitude with mournful expressions; Schiele's exaggerated body dimensions and proportions developed with bold line work created tense emotions through distortions. All of this helped my characters tell their stories within a monotype.

Read about my process in more detail as I work through a print.

Currently, I am working toward a New York State Teaching Certification in Visual Arts. While doing so, I work as a substitute teacher and an art instructor for afternoon art workshops.


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Curriculum Vitae

  • New York based artist since 1996
  • Transitional digital and traditional art teacher—education résumé
  • University of Maine, Orono art student
  • New England native
  • Digital illustrator, interactive designer and short-clip animator for 20 years—design résumé

Shows

  • Group Show, The Green Growler - Croton-on-Hudson, NY, 2017
  • Group Show, The Ossining Arts Council - Ossining, NY, March 2016
  • The Black Cow Coffee Co - Croton-on-Hudson, NY, April 2015
  • The Black Cow Coffee Co - Croton-on-Hudson, NY, October 2014
  • Contemporary Illustrators Gallery (with Zoya Eydelman) - New York City, September 1998
  • Janer Gallery 81 (with Zoya Eydelman) - New York City, April 1998
  • Art Bar - New York City, March 1997
  • Coffee Shop - Orono, Maine, April 1994
  • Group Show - Orono, Maine, May 1994
  • Group Show - Orono, Maine, May 1993

Presentations

  • Middletown Art Group, Orange County, NY - April 2017
  • Anne M. Dorner Middle School, Ossining, NY - 2016

Collections

  • Kathy Caraccio Printing Studio - New York City
  • University of Maine - Orono, Maine

Publications

  • Urban Desires - September 1996, Vol 2, Issue 5

There is more to me than just this bio, like these periodic statements: VIEW MY BLOG

My art teaching philosophy starts with...

As an artist, using an eraser is not removing a mistake, it is just another rendering tool.

Art Teacher

Art is valuable. Art conveys meaning, emotion, wonder and thought when words do not work. Students as artists discover their environment and community by practicing critical observation thinking skills, evaluation and analysis. As an art teacher I will work with students to develop a visual vocabulary and practice where they can create and communicate successfully and artfully within a safe and explorative environment.

  • Maintain and encourage a safe and respective learning environment.
  • Encourage students to be self-motivated and challenged.
  • Explore their world with visual thinking strategies and skills.
  • Differentiate lessons based on formative assessments so each student can achieve the activity goal.
  • Facilitate students educational growth with relevant project-based learning activities.
  • Celebrate both successes and failures as each provides knowledge.
  • Engage each day with a passion to learn, to make art.

Substitute Teacher / Art Workshop Instructor

While I am working toward a New York State Teaching Certification in Visual Arts, I have the opportunity to practice my teaching skills and strategies: one as a substitute teacher by maintaining the educational expectations of each teacher within their classrooms; the second facilitating an art educational environment for young artists.

Field Experience

Croton Academy of Arts

Spring 2019 - CURRENT
  • Art instructor/facilitator during 10-week season workshops: Introduction to Drawing; Drawing at Any Skill, Any Style
  • Drawing instructor for elementary and middle school ages
  • In-person and remote art teaching experience

Dobbs Ferry High School

March 2018 - CURRENT
  • Substitute Teacher for all subjects
  • Design Crew Facilitator/Leader for three student musicals: Seussical (Spring 2019); Peter Pan (Fall 2019, Middle School); Pippin (Spring 2020 - paused)

Anne M. Dorner Middle School Ossining Union Free School District

February 2018 - March 2018
  • Substitute Teacher for all subjects

Middletown High School, Enlarged City School District Of Middletown

September 2017 - January 2018
  • Fulltime leave-replacement Art Teacher for introduction and level 1 digital art curriculum

Anne M. Dorner Middle School Ossining Union Free School District

October 2016 - June 2017
  • Substitute Teacher for all subjects
  • Acting Teacher Assistant for inclusive student group (reference available on request)

Archbishop Stepanic High School

January - June 2016
  • Facilitated an educational experience for 173 students concentrating on group and individual activities.
  • Explored project-based learning experiences (group research and presentation, exhibits, critiques) to productively engage students to be artists, presenters, and thinkers
  • Improvised developmental and differentiated learning based on formative assessments - adjusting lessons for respective learning levels
  • Collaborated with faculty, staff, volunteering parents and students during stage production for the school's Spring musical Sister Act

Asap Media Services, Maine

September 1990 - August 1995
  • Instructor in weekend workshops for Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for University Instructors, students, and professionals
  • Mentor instructor for group peers interested in digital design and art development

Related Training

  • DASA, Child Abuse Awarness trained
  • Passed edTPA
  • School culture awareness for student diversity, disabilities and English Language Learners
  • Managing behavior and creating a positive learning environment
  • Fostering a culture for achievement by creating an environment of high expectations
  • Assistant coach for kindergarten-first grade and rookies Little League (2016 - 2017)

Education

  • University of ME, Orono, Maine, May 1994, Bachelor of Arts - Studio Arts
  • Teach-Now Educatore School of Education, Washington, D.C., June 2016

Certification

  • New Jersey Department of Education - Certificate of Eligibility Teacher of Art
  • District of Columbia, Office of the State Superintendent of Education - Standard Teacher - Art, PreK-12

Previous Experience

UX, Brooks Brothers

November 2012 - December 2015
  • Evaluate current production and find methods to iterate, if not polish, the online experience.
  • New product exploration, development, and production.
  • Explored trends and technologies with a critical evaluation for our needs.
  • Competitive analysis in concern of familiar pattern recognition; implementation of standards if any; contrast to our goals and evaluated innovation, progress, and differences.
  • Considered customer and business input with regard to process and site flow evaluation examining flaws, improvements, and assets.
  • Recognizing team impact of goals and iterations and evaluating alternatives for effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Set up templates and designed interface assets based on previous considerations.

Art Director, Brooks Brothers

February 2011 - November 2012
  • Aligned online marketing messaging and designs with goals and brand.
  • Assist in product photo shoot for any additional message not originally scoped.
  • Ensured quality development and production.
  • Mentored designers to hone their skills within the interactive medium as well as design itself.

Web Designer and Animator, The Jones Group

August 2008 - February 2011
  • Design, production, animation, flash production.
  • Continue and evolve marketing goals promoting the brand and retail events within developing ecommerce templates.
  • Assist in product photo shoot; select and review final images; managed product image process.
  • Developed new processes for image trafficking.

Designer and Animator, Brooks Brothers

August 2007 - July 2008
  • Interactive design
  • Assisted with site production
  • Animation for promotional content

Freelance Designer, Illustrator, Animator

September 2005 - July 2007
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • MCD Partners
  • adTV
  • The Story Village
  • Catalyst Group Design
  • Global Media Strategies
  • The FAIR NETWORK

Third Mind, llc.

October 2003 - July 2005
  • Web designer
  • Illustrator
  • Animator
  • Clients included : Pantone; GQ; Bayer; Redbook; The NYer; Gourmet

freelance

October 2001 - September 2003
  • On-site or off-site site design and production, illustration, and animation
  • Clients included : Third Mind, llc.; G+G Rave; Formulab; MCD Partners; Cushman & Wakefield; LifeCare; DIAM International; Showtime; YaYa; Star-crossed Pictures; Dr. Katz

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November 1999 - October 2001
  • Art Director promoted to Associate Creative Director
  • Clients included : Sony.com; SonyStyle.com; Microsoft; iKena; Essence.com; ComedyCentral.com; Hasbro; Rainbow Media; Targus.

freelance

November 1998 - November 1999
  • Web designer
  • Illustrator
  • Animator
  • Production artist
  • Clients included : Ponoi.com; Iridium.com with APL Digital; Dupont with e-Walker; AGENCY.COM, Ltd; The Chainsaw Boys; JohnnyRockets.com; Siegel & Gale; Crest Scope client with Blue Marble, NYC; P&G Always client with Blue Marble, NYC.

AGENCY.COM, Ltd

September 1995 - December 1998
  • Art director
  • Web designer
  • Illustrator
  • Animator
  • Production artist
  • Clients included : MetLife; nike; UrbanDesires.com; Virtual Places; HBO Home Video; GTE; Sun Microsystems; Hitachi; AT&T; American Express; Lucent; Texaco; Unilever; Lipton; Kmart; Hewlett-Packard.

ASAP Media Services

September 1990 - August 1995
  • Art director
  • Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Animator
  • Production artist
  • Clients included : University of ME Campus Facilities, Departments, and Student Groups.
  • Special comment : Instructor in weekend Illustrator and Photoshop workshops for University Instructors, students, and local businesses.