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Job Title:

Artist and Graphic Designer

Specialty:

Illustration, Print Design, Web Graphics, Fine Arts

Years of Experience:

2+ years

About

I am an artist and designer from Pennsylvania. My love of art and making things by hand sparked from my mother teaching me how to paint with watercolors at a young age. I took every art class available to me in school, unconscious of my intense interest in the arts until my Fine Arts teacher in high school asked me, “What do you want to do everyday for the rest of your life? If it’s making art, then you should apply to art school.” I didn’t know that going to art school instead of attending a traditional university was even an option until that moment. I had some of the best years of my life at Maine College of Art where I received my Fine Arts Degree in Printmaking. I did some traveling, did a year of volunteer work as an AmeriCorps VISTA for Habitat for Humanity, and studied graphic design while building my portfolio.

I am currently working as an independent designer from my home. I love organic gardening and I’m really good at growing invasive weeds. I’m a less-than-O.K. tennis player and I will continue to take ballet class until I’m too old or dead. I don’t want to live without coffee or chocolate and I really like hiking, packing and traveling, grocery shopping, muggle mail, reading, Halloween, all things Fall, and badminton.

 

I create custom layouts, illustrations and art pieces for print, web and personal use.

Contact me if you are considering hiring me for a project. If you would like to receive a proposal and quote for your project, please fill out the Prospective Client Questionnaire to help me understand your specific design needs. If you hate questionnaires, email me directly with a little bit about yourself, an outline of your project and any concerns or questions you may have.

melissa@mruizdesign.com

Education

Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine -Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking, 2008

Studio of the Art Centers International, Florence, Italy -Printmaking, 2007

Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -Continuing Education Classes, 2012 - 2013

Skills

Proficient: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat, iWork and Microsoft Suite, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Photography 

Working Knowledge:  Mailchimp, Squarespace, Shopify, Wordpress, Adobe Flash, HTML5 and CSS, Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premier Pro

Volunteer Work

Ambler Food Co-op, Feb 2016

Greenpeace Philadelphia, 2010 - 2011

AmeriCorps VISTA with Habitat for Humanity, 2009 - 2010