Resumé
DEBRA C. CORTESE
6395 SW 42 Terrace, Miami, FL 33155
Phone/FAX: 305-665-2528
http://www.plant-spirits.com
__email: debra@plant-spirits.com


OBJECTIVE
To work with a progressive business where my design, artistic, marketing,
publicity and networking skills will benefit all aspects of the goals of the
company/organization/project.

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE
• Artist/Photographer/Graphic Designer since early 70’s
• Participated in and hosted Art Shows/Studio Tours in VT, NY, FL
• Board Member /Editor of ASK (Art Society of Kingston, NY) Newsletters ‘99-’02
• Featured Poster Artist and Exhibitor in Pinecrest Fine Art Show, January /05
• Created, produced, hosted exhibitions and tours for “The Gnomes”
-- -- an art project to benefit Neighbors 4 Neighbors hurricane victioms charity.
• Art Exhibitions: see art resumé at: http://www.plant-spirits.com/resume.html
• Goal-focused professional with 20+ years of design/production/marketing
experience in corporate, retail, manufacturing, banking, healthcare, art,
entertainment and nonprofit fields.
• Team player who listens, thrives on collaborating with diversely talented
associates/clients and integrates divergent thoughts, opinions, and
perspectives into meaningful marketing tools.
• Energetic, noncompetitive achiever who can inspire and motivate team
members, successfully manage multiple priorities, and perform under
pressure in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment.
• Exceptional skills in computer enhanced photography and illustration.
• Highly proficient in web graphics, design and maintenance.
• Very computer literate: hardware, software, cross-platform Mac/PC

STATEMENT
I have worked in advertising, marketing and design for retail, corporate,
industrial and nonprofit organizations since the early ‘70’s. Started a graphic
design agency in 1980 that grew to a full service advertising agency by
mid 80's. Sold business in 1998 when I moved from Vermont to NY.
Continued self-employment in Graphic Design and added Fine Art
Photo/Graphics. My personal interests focus on art, nature and photography
and my goals are to incorporate these with projects that specifically focus on
and benefit the environment, animals and children.


ASSOCIATIONS
Fairchild Tropical Garden, Miami, Fl
Miami Museum of Science, Miami, FL
Mac User Group Member: FL, NY, VT
Arts Society of Kingston-Board Member, & Editor of quarterly newsletter, NY
Graphic Artists Guild, VT Chapter
AIGNY
Uptown Kingston Business/Environmental Group, NY
Greeting Card Association
Theosophical Society
The Woodstock Arts Guild, NY
Woodstock Center for Photography, NY
VT Chambers of Commerce (St. Johnsbury, Lyndon, Newport)
Burke Business Association Member and Editor of monthly newsletter
American Cancer Society Board Member, St. Johnsbury, VT
Business and Professional Women’s Club, St. Johnsbury, VT
Lyndon Children’s Center Board Member, VT
St. Johnsbury Rotary Club Guest Speaker/Presenter
St. Johnsbury Academy Career Day Guest Speaker/Presenter
PTA member: FL, NY, VT
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Advertising/Marketing/Graphic Design Experience


Plant Spirit Images - Photo/Graphic Art 1990 - Present
Creative Director/Artist
Freelance & contract design/production/illustration.
Design, production and publication of open and limited edition fine art images,
featuring computer enhanced photography and illustration. Handle all aspects
of production, print supervision, press checks (single, two, three and process/four
color plus runs); experience with die cutting, embossing, specialty printing on
fabric, canvas, mugs, mouse pads, etc.. Marketing, PR, trade show display
design, setup, management, web site design, catalogs, logos, ads,
newsletters, flyers.

Feb. 2003 - Oct. 2003 Fairchild Tropical Garden
Manager, Retail Gift Shop
Supervise and train staff and volunteers in all aspects of retail gift shop:
inventory management, displays, customer service, sales, membership
applications, computerized retail and inventory management program.
Open and close shop, alarm systems, daily sales reports, deposits and membership tallies.
Excellent customer and employee/volunteer relations.

1980-1998 Graphic Artist Associates, Advertising & Design Agency,
Lyndonville, VT
Creative Director/Owner
Directed all aspects of running this small (5 employees), full-service agency.
Specialized in graphic design and production with copywriting, media planning
and placement, video and audio production/management, print specifying/buying
(single, two, three, process/four color and more - die cutting, embossing), press
checks, trade show design/production, logos, brochures, labels, catalogs, ads,
posters, displays, pop displays, specialty items.
Client list included hospitals, healthcare agencies, banks, VT Dept. of Agriculture,
business to business accounts, tourism industry, international & domestic
manufacturers, and numerous retail & service businesses.

1987 - 1989 Illuminati, A gallery of fine art, handcrafts and antiques,
East Burke, VT
Owner/artist
Owned and operated gallery/gift shop. Managed a small staff and directed all
marketing, promotions, exhibitions. Gallery featured original paintings, sculpture,
limited edition lithographs and serigraphs, antiques, hand blown glass, jewelry
and imports from Nepal. A labor of love in a small ski town, not terribly lucrative,
but a priceless experience.
1977 - 1980 Fairbanks Scales, St. Johnsbury, VT
Art Director
Corporate in-house advertising agency. Catalog, literature, training videos and
trade show production and design, technical illustration - line art and
photo-realistic airbrush illustration and retouching.

1976 - 1977 Troll Press, St. Johnsbury, VT
Mechanical Artist/Typographer
Pasteup, layouts, type specification, type setting, pre press work, stripping
and finishing.

SKILLS:
Specialize in photo retouching/manipulation, photo illustrating, technical
illustration and all phases of print reproduction. Highly proficient in Quark Express
and Adobe Photoshop.
Experienced with Adobe Illustrator, Pagemaker and GoLive, Corel Draw,
Ray Dream 3D, MYOB, word processing, file management, cross platforms,
networking and computer system management.
Technical and commercial illustration - digital & manual: rapidograph, brush,
pencil, paint & airbrush. Copywriting/editing. Photography/Art Directing.
Storyboards.
Web Design - GoLive, HTML http://www.plant-spirits.com
Fully equipped, traditional & digital studio. Mac OS, PC compatible.

ORGANIZATIONS/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, The Villagers, Graphic Artist’s Guild, AIGNY,
Mac User’s Group, Kingston PTA, Uptown Kingston Business/Environmental
Group, Greeting Card Association, Theosophical Society, The Woodstock Arts
Guild, Woodstock Center for Photography, Arts Society of Kingston-Board
Member, Editor; former member VT Chambers of Commerce (St. Johnsbury,
Lyndon, Newport), Burke Business Association, American Cancer Society,
Business and Professional Women’s Club, Lyndon Children’s Center Board
Member, St. Johnsbury Rotary Club Guest Speaker/Presenter, St. Johnsbury
Academy Career Day Guest Speaker/Presenter

PERSONAL:

Excellent health, nonsmoker, ambitious, creative, not a prima donna type.
Accustomed to high pressure deadlines, diverse and demanding personalities.
Appreciate rewarding challenges, flexibility, responsibility and communication.

 

DEBRA C. CORTESE
6395 SW 42 Terrace
Miami, Florida 33155
Tel: 305-665-2528
http://www.plant-spirits.com
e-mail: debra@plant-spirits.com

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