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Karen Brake Barge
(760) 815-3804
E-mail: brake@cox.net
Professional Objective
To acquire a senior level creative computer graphic design position in an enthusiastic and team-oriented environment.


Proficient in: Dreamweaver, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Fetch, Flash, HTML, XHTML, Adobe Acrobat Professional, Micorsoft Office, WordPress

Some experience in: Adobe InDesign

Proficient in HTML code. Experienced in programming for the web in Flash, HTML, XHTML, JavaScript and shopping cart programs.

Freelance Designer/Illustrator- November 2003 to present. Design and illustrate Internet graphics for various sites. Write copy, write HTML code, write JavaScript for Internet sites. Create animations in Flash for advertising and navigation. Design and illustrate mailers, brochures, post cards, rate cards, packaging, catalogs, sale sheets, ads for magazines, in store advertising, indoor and outdoor signs, magazine covers, trade show booths and logos.

Clients: Brake Hughes Law Firm, Herndon, VA; Oceanside Beachfront Rentals, Oceanside, CA; HK Outfitters Marine Electronics On-line Store, San Marcos, CA; The Interior Garden, Dallas TX; Tackleman Charters, San Marcos, CA; CH Products, Vista, CA; Isabel Thomas Jewelry Designs, San Marcos, CA:

Past Clients: Exotic Tavern, San Diego, CA; Barge's Drilling Inc., Carlsbad, CA.; Discovery Direct, Long Beach, CA;

Sr. Graphic Designer/User Interface Designer- Verizon Online, Carlsbad, CA, January 2001 to November 2003. Sr. Designer for Verizon Online Web sites and CD ROM projects; including art, photography, and usability testing. Creating and art directing Flash promotional ads and applications. Creating instructional Flash applications. Designing the usability for Internet pages and instructional Flash applications.

Sr. Web Specialist- GTE Internet LLC, Carlsbad, CA, December 1999 to January 2001. Sr. Lead Designer for all GTE Help sites created in Service Soft. Designing and illustrating Internet pages for GTE DSL Connect, GTE.com, GTE.net, and GTE Online Help. Creating and art directing Flash promotional ads. Creating instructional Flash applications for Online Help. Designing the usability for Internet pages and instructional Flash applications.

Lead Designer/Illustrator- GTE Corporation, Carlsbad, CA, Spring 1999 to December 1999. Sr. Lead Designer for all GTE Help sites created in Service Soft. Designed and illustrated Internet pages for GTE.com, GTE.net, and GTE Online Help. Designed the usability for Internet pages.

Designer/Illustrator- GTE Corporation, Carlsbad, CA, Spring 1997 Spring 1999. Designed and illustrated Internet pages for GTE.com, GTE.net, GTE Online Help, Internet Call Manager and the GTE Intranet. Other duties included finding and writing reviews for Cool Sites on GTE.net.

Designer/Illustrator- GTE Entertainment, Carlsbad, CA, November 1992 to Spring 1997. Lead Graphic Designer for Internet sites supporting all GTE Entertainment products, design presentation art, design game play for video games, design and production for video games, process live action sprites, and design graphics for entertainment and educational CD-ROM and CDI titles. Internet site creation of GTE San Diego., FX Fighter, Dust,Discovery Pack, Titanic, GTE Entertainment Company and Entertainment home pages. Other sites I worked on were Timelapse, and Forrest Gump. While I was lead artist for the Internet sites we received several awards.
In 1997 C/NET gave the GTE Entertainment home site 4 stars (out of 5) for concept and design.
In 1997 Yahoo gave GTE Entertainment home page a 3 star (out of 4) rating for concept and design.
In 1996 I way 500 gave the Dust site was rated #5 out of 20 under the Games sites.

Designer/ Illustrator- Altsys Inc., Richardson, TX, November 1991 to August 1992. Design presentation art, brochures, responsible for concept and design and illustration of clip art, product verification testing, beta testing of new drawing programs on various platforms and beta testing of EPS Exchange for release in Spring 1992.

Freelance Designer/Illustrator - May 1990 to October 1992. Concept to production for children's meal cartons, for T-shirts, a catalog, children's book series, to-go cartons including presentation art, logo design, invitations, business cards and stationery, gallery announcements, hand painted sweatshirts to promote U.S.A. Olympic clothing line, and a cassette tape cover; Clients: Sonic Inc.,Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Young Life, Denton, TX; Word Inc., Las Colinas, TX; Grandy's Inc., Lewisville, TX; Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, TX; Jerry Hughes Photography Inc., Dallas - Paris - Monaco; JC Penney, Dallas, TX; Greg Johnson, Producer/Solo Artist, Denton, TX; Art Department, Collin County Community College, Plano, TX.

Art Director- Ambler & Hickerson, Dallas, TX, October 1987 to May 1990. Responsible for sales presentation art, carton design, business cards, illustrations, press checks, marketing research, brochures, logo design, production, and graphic design for various cartons, bags, cups, mugs, and squeeze bottles. Primary accounts: Brice Inc., Texaco, Sonic, Ye Olde Tyme, Grandy's, Del Taco, PRO-TECH-TUBE, Fajita Junction, Nature's Farms, F&F packaging.

Education Apple Regional Multimedia Center at Collin County Community College, Plano, TX, January 1991 to August 1992, Certificate of Computer Graphics in Multimedia.

North Texas State University, Denton, TX, September 1984 to August 1987 Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree; Major: Advertising Art, Minor: English, Dean's List.

American College of Switzerland, Leysin, Switzerland. Studied art in Geneve, Paris, Monaco, Venice and Florence, Summer 1986.

University of Texas, Austin, TX, September 1983 to May 1984.

Richland Junior College, Dallas, TX , September, 1982 to May 1983, Phi Theta Kappa.

Art Exhibits E-Street Cafe, Encinitas, CA - November- December 2006

Waters Edge, Gig Harbor, WA - July 1994 to 2002

Sumner Art, Sumner WA - July 1994 to 1998

Galerie 224, Laguna Beach, CA - June 1994 to 1997

Partners Art, Laguna Niguel, CA - June 1994 to 1996

Framing Warehouse, Carloton, TX - May 1992 1994

500X Gallery, Dallas, TX - May 1992

Florence Art Gallery, Dallas, TX - November 1990- March 1991

City Art Gallery, Dallas, TX - September-October 1990

City Art Gallery, Dallas, TX - Christmas Show 1990

500X Gallery, Dallas, TX - May 1990

Thrasher Gallery, Plano, TX - April 1989

500X Gallery, Dallas, TX - May 1989

Expressions, Dallas, TX - February 1987

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