I grew up in a small town in central New Jersey on a horse farm and have been riding as long as I can remember. I was always taught the value of a dollar and that you had to work for what you want. My work ethic has stemmed from my upbringing and I continue to live by those values.
I first attended college on the east coast and I remember one of my professors saying, "Before you explore other countries, make sure you know what ours has to offer." As a child we took trips all up and down the east coast, but I had never been out west. The following semester, I took a geology class and just couldn't seem to grasp the "mountain" concept. It was frustrating and I struggled to pass the class. During this time I was thinking about what that professor had said to me last semester and happened to see a posting from Yellowstone National Park looking for students to work for the summer. I decided to go for it and spent the summer in 1996 working in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. I fell in love with the west, transferred schools in 1997, and wound up moving to Colorado.
I obtained my Bachelors degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design, and a minor in Native American Art History, from Colorado State University (CSU) in 1999. My first job as a Graphic Designer was with CSU's marketing department as a paid intern. It was such a wonderful experience to work with so many different businesses on campus and in our Lory Student Center.
After I graduated college, I stayed in Colorado. The open space and horses everywhere reminded me of my home town, but the mountains gave it a slightly different look and made me want to explore. Just after graduation, I moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The following summer I accepted a job with the USDA Forest Service as an Outdoor Educator. I not only got to work with the public, but also got to build displays and educate with my own product. I worked for the government in several different locations for 6 years. I created everything from trail head signs, to wayside exhibits, brochures, websites, posters, logos, etc. I was even contracted out with several other government offices to create their publications.
In 2005, I met my future husband and moved to Rifle, Colorado. I started out working at the local newspaper as a Graphic Designer. Although it was nice to work with so many customers, in a fast paced environment, it didn't seem to be all that challenging of a position. It was more experience, but I wanted something more challenging. I was told about a local sign shop that might be in need of some graphic assistance and decided to give it a shot. I feel in love with the work. Unfortunately in 2008 the company experienced rough times, as many businesses did, and I was laid off.
Just a few months later, in 2009, I started my own company called Graphix Done Right, LLC. It grew fast and I had 52 clients in a small town, with little industry, in less than 3 years. I loved picking the jobs that I wanted and working with business owners directly instead of through a company. It was a great experience to take all of my knowledge of marketing and advertising and watch my own business grow.
My husband, Travis, works for the government which required us to relocate to Jackson, WY in 2012. It was an exciting opportunity for him to grow in his position and for us to live in a beautiful location. During that time, I kept a fair amount of clients from Rifle, but I also found that a lot of them wound up using local resources. Most small towns tend to try and keep their business local, which I respect, so over time I wasn't receiving as many jobs. When I saw an opportunity arise, I took it and became the Art Director for a sign shop in Jackson.
Although the location is pretty, I missed Colorado and knew that Jackson was not my forever home. I loved working with the clients and gained a lot more experience in the industry. I was flattered when one of our largest client recently wrote me a letter of recommendation stating that I was "the glue that held the company together in the many transitions it was challenged with." After just a few years the company was sold and Travis was offered a job in Durango, Colorado around the same time. I was ecstatic since Durango was the one location in Colorado that we had dreamed about retiring in.
As you can see by my portfolio, I have multiple years of experience in all aspects of design, sign making and marketing. I am passionate about what I do and eager to continue to do it in my new home. I am precise, timely, efficient and try to keep prices as affordable as possible. Give me a call and give me a chance to show you how I can improve your companies image today!