I was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and graduated from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia and the Portfolio Center in Atlanta, Georgia. I live in Milan, Italy.
From 1989 to 1997, I worked for Wieden + Kennedy in both Portland, Oregon and Amsterdam. I began as an art director, subsequently rising through the ranks to associate creative director (Portland) and co-creative director (Amsterdam).
My work for Nike Women’s Fitness was nominated 5 times for the MPA Kelly Award for the Best Print Campaign in the U.S. and won twice. It is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute Museum of National History. My work has earned recognition by Addy’s, Art Director’s Club, Communication Arts, One Show and Cannes, but all the rewards pale by comparison to the privilege I enjoyed by having been part of a campaign that is given credit for changing the way American advertisers speak to women.
In 2005 I published a book entitled RIPE, with my creative partner Janet Champ, about aging in a youth-obsessed society.
Since 1998, I’ve worked as a freelance art director, writer and brand consultant based in Milan. My work experience over the years includes projects and new business pitches for the following clients directly or via the agencies that represent them: Nike, Coca-Cola, Scudder Mutual Funds, Budweiser, Telecom Italia, Adidas, Italian Ministry of Health, Tuc/Saiwa, Ferrero Rocher, Ferrero Pralines, Kinder, Somatoline, Somatoline Cosmetic, TD Ameritrade, Butterfly Life Fitness Centers, Crate & Barrel, Nationwide, Park Hyatt, Gallo, Ryka, Ernst & Young, Netjets, Stonefly, Fisher-Price, Prius, Peugeot, Rummo Pasta, Chobani, H & R Block, Schwab, Honor, Pandora, Yoplait, Future Laboratories, AARP, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Harvest Moon (ongoing collaboration), GAIL's Bakery (ongoing collaboration).
CURRENT: In 2017, I began collaborating with Best Buy on a rebranding project which will be in effect late Spring 2018. In early 2018, I began acting as Creative Director for Rummo pasta.
Languages: English (obviously), Italian (adequately).
Cellular: +39 335 744 5121
Mention in Doug Pray's award-winning documentary film "Art & Copy"
Academic analysis: "The Gender of Branding"/Jean Grow, Women's Studies in Communication