Skills

Design 

  • Furniture Design

  • Interior Design

  • Architectural Design

  • Lighting Design

  • Color Theory

  • Composition

  • Textures

Fabrication

  • Woodworking (Traditional / Machine)

  • Basic Construction (Structures)

  • Laser Cutter

  • CNC Router

  • Sewing / Basic Upholstery

Graphics

  • Hand Drafting

  • Hand Illustration

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Adobe Illustrator

  • Basic Compositing

  • Lighting/Textures/Modeling in 3D Programs

  • Web Design

Work and Volunteer Positions

For the past 12 years, I have been primarily a stay at home mom, working and volunteering part-time, including:

  • Operating my own small company, Floopalina (art, design, building, and teaching)

  • Renovation (extensive design and construction work in our own home)

  • Volunteer work (Cuernavaca Arts Cooperative, Destination Imagination, and creative projects at Valley View Elementary)

  • Contract work (Texas A&M Visiting Lecturer, Visiting Artist at Alpha, contract CGI work for Blue Sky Studios)

Owner, Floopalina (Design / Build / Teach)

2003 - Present

Design / build projects including custom furniture, artwork, and outdoor building projects

  • Custom furniture designed and built on spec and on commission

  • The Rones Treehouses - commissioned twin treehouses (design, trim out, assisted in major construction)

  • "Happy Hut" - on site pop-up lounge space for kids, featured in Austin Mini Maker Faire 2014

  • "Slice of Life" - design, organization, and fabrication for collaborative artwork for 16 artists. On long term loan at The Laura Bush Library

  • Reclaimed lumber artists' display space - Austin's Pizza, Cuernavaca Dr., Austin (design and construction)
     

Illustrator for "Pretending I Have Wings", children's book by Michael Daily, Available on Amazon

 

Teaching: Maker’s Club, sewing classes and summer camps, drawing skills, Cuernavaca Arts Cooperative Summer Art Academy, and Bee Cave Arts Foundation Summer Art Camp

The Cuernavaca Arts Cooperative (Volunteer Position)

2014 - Present

Co-Founder, Vice-President, and Chair of Communications and Public Relations
Served on Group Show, Community Outreach, and Social committees
Helped create and produce multiple group gallery shows for our member artists

Built and managed website

Cuernavaca Arts Cooperative Summer Art Academy

  • ​Co-founded a summer art camp for our neighborhood

  • Lead teacher and coordinator for the program

  • Manage the enrollment, sign up, and payment process

  • Create and hang children's group show at the end of camp each year

 

School Creative Volunteer (Lead Roles)

2011 - 2019

  • Destination Imagination Coach (2016 - 2020, 3rd - 6th grade)

  • Puppet Show (2011 - 2019) - lead the creation and running of the Fall and Spring puppet show 

    • Selection of book, scriptwriting, and pre-recording/digital mixing of dialogue, sound fx, and music

    • Puppet making, costume making, puppet theater, and set creation​

    • Production and direction duties

    • Puppeteering

  • Scholastic Book Fair (2012-2019)​ - created large-scale artistic centerpieces/reading areas to go with the reading fair theme each year

  • Choir Production Stages (2016-2019) - co-designed and oversaw the creation of stage props and backdrops for the Fall and Spring choir production

  • Won the EANESpriration Innovation Award (2018) for creative volunteer efforts at Valley View Elementary

  • Created an online animation merit badge course for Scouts, BSA during covid

 

Visiting Teaching Artist, Alpha

2018 - 8 weeks

Taught a free form sewing course to middle-grade students

 

Visiting Lecturer, Texas A&M University, Visualization Laboratory

2012 - Fall Semester

Taught a graduate level fundamentals course titled “Design Communication I” in the Visualization Laboratory.
This course covered graphic design, color theory, lighting, composition, and multi-media design.  We focused on both virtual (in computer) and physical installation art.

 

Senior Technical Director, Blue Sky Studios (Contract Basis)

2003 - 2013 (2 to 3 months out of every 12 to 18 months)

Blue Sky Studios, subsidiary of Fox Entertainment, Greenwich, CT

Responsibilities: Lighting design and implementation, compositing
Films completed: Robots, Horton Hears a Who, Ice Age 3, Rio, Ice Age 4, Epic

 

 

Lighting Lead, and Senior Technical Director (full time), Blue Sky Studios

1997 - 2002

Blue Sky Studios, subsidiary of Fox Entertainment, White Plains, NY

Responsibilities: CG modeling, texturing, lighting design, compositing, Lighting Lead (management)
Films: Bunny (won Academy Award for Best Short Film, 1998), Ice Age, plus multiple commercial projects

 

Formal Education

Master of Visualization Science

1994 - 1997

Texas A&M University
Department of Architecture

   (now the Department of Visualization)

Bachelor of Environmental Design

1989 - 1993

Texas A&M University
Department of Architecture

Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Fabrication Education and Experience

  • Primarily self-taught with some coursework

  • Father is a carpenter, and I work with him on construction projects at my home

  • Self-directed work in the wood shop at Texas A&M University (periodically, 1991 – 1996)

  • Welding 101 (Oxy-Acetylene) Mountain View Jr. College (1995)

  • Woodworking 101, SUNY Purchase College, Westchester, NY (1999)

  • Built out my own wood shop (2002)

  • Member, Tech Shop Round Rock (2015 - 2017) – acquired laser cutter skills and CNC experience

Fabrication Education and Experience