My teaching methods are practical and organized, and follow a simple lesson plan. They are flexible to the artistic level of the client. My past experience with teaching has been to small groups of youths, wherein we learned about: breaking down objects into basic shapes and volumes, basic colour theory and tones, the basics of character design, and much more. I have taught how to take a story or comic idea and illustrate it.
I have a degree in Environmental Studies from Carleton University, and worked for several years in ecological sciences. However in 2016 I switched careers to follow my passion of visual arts - drawing, painting, animation, graphic design and more! I am currently studying animation and design at Algonquin College. I have been drawing for 15 years, as well as selling my own art at Ottawa conventions, and building my online presence.
B.A Environmental Studies from Carleton University (2008-2012)
Diploma in Animation from Algongquin College (2016-2019)
FREELANCE ARTIST/ONLINE SELLER/SELLER AT CONVENTIONS: 2007 – CURRENT
Selling a mix of prints, stickers, buttons, commissioned pieces and on-the-spot caricatures at my own booth set-up.
MIGRATORY BIRD RESEARCHER ENVIRONMENT CANADA, Landscape Science and Technology Division
JANUARY 2014 – August 2017
Using ArcMap 10 to digitize aerial photographs to develop and maintain woody biomass data of Eastern Ontario, eventually for national scale purposes. Researching change in Arctic vegetation from snow geese.
Field assistant for shorebird research at a remote field site – East Bay Mainland, Southampton Island, Nunavut.
ART TEACHER RIVERSIDE STUDIOS MARCH 2014 – June 2014
Teaching basic art skills to small groups of young beginners (aged 9-14).
LAB TECHNICIAN ENVIRONMENT CANADA, SPECIMEN BANK LAB
MAY 2013 – December 2013 Working in a CALA Accredited lab to dissect and homogenize tissues of birds and small mammals to handle and prepare delicate specimens for subsequent trace contaminants analyses.
Independent contractor - Ecology Ottawa
March 2013 – APRIL 2013
Door-to-door canvassing to inform the public about the various environmental campaigns Ecology Ottawa is addressing and to collect monetary support to make Ottawa a more sustainable city. Heavily relies on excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently for long hours outdoors.
Geomatics Consultant - Carleton University
october 2012 - March 2013
Consulting on GIS data sources, as well as assisting in the manipulating and collection of national datasets (EPOI) to assess the spatial and temporal variation in bank branches of Canada. ArcMap, Python and STATA are used.
Junior environmental technician WESA (division of blumetric)
November – December 2012 (contract)
Assisted with field work (soil and water sampling, and waste auditing) and report writing for various environmental management projects. Skills used were managing many tasks with different deadlines, Microsoft Outlook and Excel, team management and field methodologies.
Field/GIS assistant Carleton university geomatics and landscape ecology lab
May 2011 – September 2012
Minor role included assisting in the mapping of the flooding extent of Ontario wetlands (Garmin Etrex Legend GPS and ArcPad used). Major role involved constructing, implementing and maintaining field insect trapping equipment, and collecting and pinning samples, for a large scale agricultural biodiversity study in south-eastern Ontario. Also digitized aerial photos of the 90 study sites (ArcMap was used), as well as created site maps for use in the field. I assisted in training new field recruits in the second field season.
Field assistant -Carleton University Forbes Biology lab
May 2010 – August 2015 (Casual/contract basis)
Assisted a PhD student in collecting, identifying and dissecting damselflies (approx. 500) for their parasites for contribution to published research. As well assisted a post-doctorate student in the collection and dissection of pumpkin seed fish (approx. 50) for their parasites. Skills used included attention to detail, use of a microscope, and working with small tools. Other work in 2012 included technical writing (annotated bibliographies).
ART TEACHER ART MADD, STITTSVILLE (CLOSED DOWN) For three week sessions, each August from 2007 to 2009, I taught a group of 10 or so individuals ranging in age from 7 to 15 the basics of drawing comics and manga style characters.
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