Artist and Teacher
Artist Bio and Background – I am an artist and teacher from Fulton, NY and have taught art and digital interactive media to people of all ages for the last 15 years. Here you will read about me, what I’ve done, and what I like to do!
Throughout my career I have been fortunate enough to paint local murals, participate in fundraisers, and connect with my community in Fulton, NY – a small city in Central New York. Most importantly, have a wonderful family and a cute puppy named Appa who steals and wrecks my stuff.
Currently working on…
My latest project is Allfield, which is a series of books, collectible cards, music, and video game projects. I am also working on a painting series for an art show this fall.
My skills and software background includes PERL, C++, C#, HTML, PHP, MySQLi, Office, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Blender, Unity3D, Audacity, BirdFont, Premiere, After Effects – I used to know Macromedia and Flash but since I have not needed those skills in so long they have faded and I have forgotten them.
As a teacher I believe artistic creativity is a human gift that is ancient and innate. My focus as an artist is the recombination of ideas made possible through constructive imagination and collaboration with others by blending media to create interactive and narrative experiences.
Art Teacher – Fulton City School District
2006 – Present | Fulton, NY
Pre-K through 6th grade classes
Independent Artist – Encounter Art Studio
2005 – Present | Fulton, NY
Painting murals, commissions, and own paintings, drawings, and digital work
Adjunct Instructor & Learning Center Coordinator – Bryant & Stratton College
2004 – 2006 Clay, NY
Teaching business, human resources, and design courses – as well as running the Learning Center for students who needed assistance or needed help with entrance exams.
Long Term Substitute & Substitute Teacher
2001 – 2004 | Auburn, NY – Aurora, NY – clyde-savannah, ny
Taught at several wonderful schools and one or two absolute stinkers during this time. In addition, I worked for some community college classes to help older people learn web design skills in order to put together a variety of websites on their own.
Graphic Artist, Web Designer, & Programmer
Dot Publishing Inc
1999 – 2000 | Fulton, NY
Wonderful job with wonderful folks creating animated ads, helping with site design and publishing, and gaining a lot of perl programming experience.
Graphic and Web Designer
M-Pyre Publishing Company
1997 – 2000 | Fulton, NY
Family business publishing several novels written by Charles Jerred (my dad!) and a cookbook by Cynthia Jerred (my mom). We toured and hand-made and sold thousands of our own books.