About

 Hi! I’m Lisa Marie, GRAPHIC DESIGNER  & WEBSITE LAYOUT DESIGNER, Specializing in WORDPRESS, in the Niagara Region, of Southern Ontario, Canada


Graphic design is the process of visual communication, and problem-solving through the use of type, space, image and colour. The field is considered a subset of visual communication and communication design, but sometimes the term “graphic design” is used interchangeably with these due to overlapping skills involved.
I have had a passion for art since learning to colour as a toddler and always had an “eye” for beautiful, or attention grabbing designs. Art is my first passion, with helping others as my second. 
I attended Niagara College for Graphic Design directly out of High School. Worked in the field for 7 yrs, 6 yrs at The St. Catharines Standard newspaper, until they shut our department down in 2006. Without a portfolio, since our work was the paper, it made getting a graphics job impossible.
I went back to college that fall & took P.S.W. – Personal Support Worker. Then worked in a full lock down group home from August 2007 to July 2014, as a Behavioural Developmental Support Worker, supporting highly behavioural developmentally disabled adults.
In September 2012, I developed Myofascial Pain Syndrome as well as Fibromyalgia, and therfore, was forced by the illness, to resign in July 2014.
I’m not the kind of person to do nothing, I’m too ambitious, so on my own now, I’m trying to give my graphic skills another go. All of my ideas are original. I don’t use or even have, templates for anything. It’s all what comes to me.
I’ve also added Website Design Layout  to my services, and specializing in WordPress. This site I created myself using the tools in the “Site Builder.” I also have a hosted WordPress site to bring awareness to “Invisible Illnesses,” phsyical and mental. Through building the site, I have learned the vast majority of the “ins and outs” of WP. I am currently in the middle of re-vamping the entire site. When it’s done, I will place a link for those who wish to see my work. This site will also be moving to WordPress by September 2016.
CREDENTIALS

Attended Niagara College 1997-1999,  Diploma ~ Art & Design Fundamentals – Graphic Design Production.
7 years working outside home in the field. 1 year in copy center. 6 years at city newspaper. 16 years experience in total as I contiued to do small projects from home.
Recieved multiple, in-house, specialized, Photoshop training sessions while working for The St. Catharines Standard.
Photoshopped over 100 photos every night at the newspaper. Every photo had to have either colour levels set or brightness/contrast for b/w.
Ad building I did on Day shift. But I moslty worked Nights, where we’d have to troubeshoot & fix ads with errors.