AMY LYNNE GIGLIO
Artist & Creative Specialist
I am an artist and creative thinker, specializing in watercolor painting as well as pen and ink illustration. My subjects are generally organic in nature, as I prefer animals, plants, and landscapes. I have made it my purpose as an artist to share the beauty I see in the world through the visual medium of watercolor.
"Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless."
- Jamie Paolinetti
I have developed a wide range of creative skills, from fine art to digital media.
Present and past work experience relevant to design and creative media.
AMY GIGLIO ART
Watercolor & Ink Artist
January 2017 to Present
After working as a graphic designer for several years, I decided to take my life in a new direction and pursue a career as a professional artist. Since then, I have been focused on taking my artistic skills and my business to the next level, constantly looking for new ways to improve while building an online presence. I am currently offering original art for sale, commissioned work, fine art prints, pet portraits and online classes via Skillshare. I have also opened a shop on Red Bubble which allows me to offer a range of products featuring my art. This coming year (2018) I plan to launch a new website, publish an art zine, focus more on marketing my brand, and build a channel on Skillshare. There are even a few ideas for children's books in the works!
July 2014 to September 2016
My position was to concept and design large-scale vehicle and transit graphics based on information provided by the client or sales rep. Initially I worked with all vehicle types, but later on, I became the only designer to handle all public transportation advertisements across all company markets which encompassed all of Greater Cincinnati, Cleveland, Lexington, and Nashville. I prepared and sent orders on to the printing phase of production which involved a thorough error checking process. I created internal sales and marketing pieces. It was a fast-paced, high turn around work environment that required close collaboration with various other departments to ensure a high-quality final product. Through the daily ups and downs of this job, I gained valuable insights on how to problem solve, deal with clients, and manage projects. I found that organization and communication are key on all levels for company success. In addition, I further developed my design skills, especially with Adobe Photoshop, a program that is now a regular part of processing my artwork.
Grapefruit Hand Drawn Chalk Sign
WHOLE FOODS MARKET
Signmaker & Graphic Artist
September 2013 to March 2014
While working for Whole Foods Market, I designed, created or built various style graphics for promotions, store literature, and signage for all departments of the store. These projects ranged from graphic design flyers and printed tags to hand-drawn shelf signs, chalkboards, glass writing, and the store calendar. I worked together with my fellow team members to assure that all objectives and goals of each department were achieved. This was especially challenging during the holidays as displays become more extravagant and complex. The position required a unique blend of both graphic design skills and drawing ability that made for a fun and constantly changing workload. I left this position to move to Ohio in 2014.
Over the course of my educational career I have earned two Bachelor's degrees. They are as follows:
EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Fine Arts: Visual Art with a concentration in Digital Art & Design
Four years after earning my first degree, I decided to return to school in hopes of finding a better career path. I chose a concentration in Graphic Design, feeling confident that I would be able to find a job in the creative field after I graduated. I really enjoyed my second colligate experience, as it reignited that creative spark and was a very productive time for me. It served as my first introduction to Adobe design programs which was a big step towards taking my life in a new direction. This design education and digital tools proved to be invaluable. Today, I use these skills to build my own brand and develop an online business.
UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
Bachelor of Arts: General Studies
While I have always enjoyed learning, I really struggled to find a direction in my early twenties. I had written off the idea of making a career out of art and so I floundered around trying to find something else I was passionate about. Let's just say I changed my major a few times. If I could give that younger version of my self some advice, I would say, "Stop trying to talk yourself into settling on a 'practical' major that you aren't passionate about. Commit to doing what you love and everything will work it's self out."