I’m an illustrator and designer from the greater DC area. I started as a fine artist with a love of drawing, print media and painting, but have discovered the fun of translating these mediums into digital design, vector art & illustration. I have experience with a wide variety of materials and styles, and love the process of researching style and carrying that through the design process. Having traveled significantly in my childhood and for work, I have a specific interest and eye for ethnic design, research & production.
My husband, Sam Hakes, and I work as a team combining our skills to not only create still images, but to animate, film and tell stories.
I started in education, working as an art teacher for 3 years before directing a non-profit that developed programs and services for intercultural dialogue, service and exchange. This role included a tremendous amount of strategy, visioning, marketing and communication. I transitioned to working for an international organization that produces films. On this team I have worked as the team graphic designer, which included web design, print design, logo design, branding and movie poster design. On this team I have worked on set as an Assistant Director, wardrobe coordinator, and set designer.
Employment and project experience
Graphic Designer Create International September 2019-Present
Illustrator & Designer Red Arrow Creative December 2018-Present
Assistant Director Second Touch Movie October 2019-November 2019
Graphic Designer Logo Design for Kindling Strategic February 2019
Producer & Talent Director Long & Foster Realtor Promo Videos March 2019
Wardrobe & Second AD Adama’s Dream Movie October 2018-November 2018
Graphic Designer International Friends August 2011-April 2018
Art Teacher DC Public Schools July 2010-July2013
Qualifications and education BA in Fine Art_Indiana University of Pennsylvania BS in Art Education_Indiana University of Pennsylvania MA in International Education & Training Programs American University_