CV

I am an artist based in Bath, south west England. My work finds new ways of looking at things and makes comments on our world. I like to provide innovative, and imaginative solutions. To inspire people to better use of creative gifts. To create art, illustration, design that intrigues, illuminates and communicates. To think outside the box and make things happen. I can work with large corporations, smaller businesses or individuals. The values that I bring are experience, insight, creativity, hard work, economy.

Skills

Proven ability to communicate effectively processes and procedures.

Able to take book-based material and learn from it quickly so as to build training materials.

Capable of co-ordinating, planning and delivering large projects

Proven design and illustration skills.

Ability to deliver over a wide range of visual processes.

Familiar with a wide range of Mac based software, including Adobe Creative Suite.

Able to manage a budget, negotiate and effectively buy supplies.

Self-sufficient and self-starter.

Can design and produce marketing materials in consultation with other stakeholders.

Prioritise work, acting independently and lead a team.

Present ideas and process verbally, visually and in written form.

Accomplishments

Delivered effective training to many hundreds of people with high repeat business.

Organised visual arts section of major festival for five years running delivered on time and under budget.

Designed various printed for well-known charities over twenty years with some clients on books for over half of that time.

Produced a successful number of large scale community artworks.

Streamlined business systems for major retailing group, cutting time and paperwork..

Early adopter and exploiter of new technology to streamline production, improve quality and reduce costs.

Work

Lecturer in Interactive Media 2011-Present. Teach on BTEC and FdA courses.

Artist/Designer, self employed, 1989—present. I have functioned successfully as a freelance for many years now. Clients are corporate and charity based. I design the concepts and also manage the production process.

Trainer, self-employed, 1991—present. Providing training and consultancy on electronic publishing systems. Software products include: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat, Quark XPress, and web design applications. I also train in Apple OSX and Troubleshooting. In the main, I have originated my own courseware.

Magazine designer, Future Publishing 1987-89. Worked on many magazines in addition to being the in-house illustrator. I helped move Future from old fashioned layout to electronic production to increase quality, save time and money.

Trainer/Training designer, Dixons Group plc 1980-1987. Responsible for originating training materials, delivering courses and courseware. Writer of the retail operations guide. Also member staff committees, firstaider, social committee.

Store Manager, Dixons Photographic 1976-1980. Also Field-based trainer. Managed three shops in this period. One shop quadrupled its sales.

Education and Qualifications

I have the London Certificate in Art and Design from Chelsea School of Art 1975.

Adobe Certified Expert InDesign.

Past certifications in other software products including  Quark XPress. Other Courses Undertaken: DITB* Certified Trainer.

Many software courses, both face to face and distant. Photographic skills and techniques (various). Presentation skills. Regularly self-each using online materials

Voluntary Work

I helped to run a major annual arts festival 2000-2006. That job involved managing 40 (all volunteers as well) people and a budget of £8000. Involvement in this occupied 11 months of the year, plus two weeks on-site.

I have helped run part of the Bath Fringe Festival, where I am responsible for producing marketing materials – principally the festival guide – visual arts materials, setting up exhibitions and administration.

I have visited schools to take classes in drawing, painting and cartooning. I have also done clay modelling with small groups and 10,000 people over a weekend.

I have built a clay city using 200+ volunteers and 10 tonnes of clay.

I provide tech support on Adobe graphic arts applications.

*Distributive Industry Training Board, a government quango dissolved some years ago.