Originally from British Columbia, Canada; my family immigrated to the US in 1971 after a two-year stay on the island of Barbados. The first semester of my Senior year at St. Petersburg High school in Florida, I worked on the Year book and discovered I had a talent for assembling items on a page in a balanced and pleasing manner -- i.e. page layout. After graduation I went to the Tomlinson School for Commercial Art and studied graphic design and production.
With a balance of artistic design and technical skills -- Right Brain creative thinker with Left Brain linear application -- I enjoy the technical end of the design process and challenging myself with intricate projects, the more complex, the better.
My most challenging job to date was for NIADA, an international artists organization, of which, I am a member (and webmaster). They wanted to publish a photo book documenting the 43-year history of the artist's organization. I had previously handled the design and production of NIADA ArtForm, our quarterly BW newsletter, so since I enjoy the process of page layout, decided to take on the challenge of producing my first book. Collaborating with the project director, Shelley Thornton, over one thousand photos were edited down to 630, I then did the color correction and image editing, followed by the design, layout and prepress production.
NIADA Art Dolls: Rich Traditions, New Ideas, a 432 page hard cover photo book was published in 2009. This was followed the same year with Nancy Wiley's: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and her most recent book published 2012: Little Red Riding Hood, both illustrated by the artist.
For the last 16 years I have been self-employed as a freelance graphic designer/production artist, primarily print and web design. Serving as both the designer and production artist, I have the ability to take the project from concept to reality, starting with a creative vision and ending a with tangible product.
Chris currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband and co-worker, Pete Meder where together they create dimensional Figurative Art and Automata for collectors worldwide. In 1997, they were accepted as artists' members of NIADA, a worldwide organization of figurative artists.