My 7th grade band teacher told my mom that I was tone deaf and couldn’t read music but that he always saw me doodling on the music sheets. Thankfully my parents were supportive, sold my clarinet, and set me free on a more creative path. I had an obsession with cutting out magazine pictures, letters and copy, and creating page designs; so, I guess you could say I was a graphic designer at the early age of 13. I still enjoy doodling to this very day.
I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree in Advertising Design from Marywood University (Scranton, PA). Before accepting a full-time teaching position with The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division I worked as the Creative Director for a Washington, DC based communications firm, where I created work for both the public and private sectors, with an emphasis in the area of energy. Most notably I created the identity design for the new United Arab Emirates Nuclear Corporation’s education initiative.
In addition to teaching full-time, I am also a partner at AshleyNeil Design. The company focuses on marketing and design in the areas of advocacy and higher education.