I came to the US as a high school exchange student from Russia in 1995. My skill and passion for art opened new opportunities for me to pursue a BFA degree with emphasis in Graphic Design at Arkansas State University. I graduated with a President's Scholar award in 2000 and immediately launched a career in design and illustration. Twenty years later, I am living my American dream and looking forward to the next exciting chapter of my life.
For the past 15 years, I served as a senior art director at CJRW, one of the largest and highly respected full service ad agencies in the mid-south. I created effective and award-winning communication materials across multiple platforms for clients ranging from tourism, government agencies and services, banking, education, healthcare, retail, to food and non-profit sectors. As the digital field became a prominent platform, I mastered digital advertising, social media promotion and website design generating positive results for our clients and repeat business for CJRW. Plus, I know how and when to utilize my special skills as an artist and illustrator to enhance the work for my clients, so they stand out from the crowd.
I am a practicing fine artist and children's books illustrator. I run my own design business called Two For Tea Design Studio. I also provide art instruction for people of all ages and abilities both privately and through organizations like the Arkansas Arts Center.
Giving back to the community is a personal reward. I began sharing my creativity and leadership skills with the PTA when my oldest daughter entered elementary school. I observed how diverse our school population was and started an international festival called Roberts World Fest. This popular free event gathers between 500-1,000 attendees annually, involves close to two hundred volunteers and celebrates the many nationalities represented at the school and the Central Arkansas community.
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