I am artist who teaches and a teacher who writes. When I went back to work after my kids were grown graphic design was the natural choice for a profession. Before kids, I worked in several drafting and art departments in a large communication systems corporation. In the drafting department I was a CAD operator and draftsman. In the art department, a technical illustrator, I drew in pen and ink.
For over 15 years I have been a graphic designer. Design enables me to use the more technical side of my brain as well as the creative side. It is a good mix. Because of my CAD experience it was easy to learn the emerging design products on my personal computers at home. Soon I was doing volunteer work creating brochure and newsletter. That work became the portfolio I presented for my first graphic design job.
The decision to go back to school soon followed as it became apparent that in order to progress in my field I needed a degree. In 2010 I graduated magna cum laude from University of Texas Dallas with a Bachelor of Arts, Arts and Performance, Visual Arts with an emphasis in drawing and painting. After graduation I began working at Marquis Creative, a marketing group specializing in variable data direct marketing for credit unions and small banks. I am primarily a print designer but I have built emails, GURLs and PURLs and worked on the corporate website. Through an online service I tutor people in the design products I use every day; InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. I enjoy teaching.
In 2013 I started Ruthieonart Art Classes as a small business. I teach three weekly classes in watercolor and drawing. It feels good to share what I know about art.
When I design, I produce art work for others, when I teach I am allowed to explore the topics and media I love. It is a good balance because being a good designer is more about listening to the client than expressing myself.