Andrew Mikkelson

Freelance Graphic Designer & Artist

Location:Salem, Oregon, United States
2 Skills
I am a professional artist that has been practicing in the Salem area for the past 20 years. In 2005 I was appointed Graphic Designer and Vinyl Installer for the newly formed business, The Sign Shop in Hubbard, Oregon. I remained the sole employee responsible for production and design until their expansion in late 2010. My responsibilities included:
• Full correspondence with a wide range of customers
• Production of original designs that meet the approval of those customers
• Full operation and maintenance of a Roland SPS40V 54” integrated printer and plotter
• Applicable knowledge of CMYK print properties and its required attributes
• Working knowledge of vinyl and media including Oracal, 3M and Avery
• Full understanding of common practices of vinyl application including taping, layering, overlaps and substrates
• Finally, consistent execution of all of the above in minimal time and with minimal waste
As well as my artistic merits, I have an extensive background in customer service and construction:
• 4 years experience on Gilbarco cash register systems
• 7 years experience in excavation and underground construction
• Understanding of common construction methods including the ability to read blue prints and apply the current building codes
• 4 years experience operating heavy equipment including 5 and 10 yard dump truck, backhoe, excavator, skid steer and scissor lifts
As my portfolio shows, and above all else, I am an artist. I have a full airbrush studio and I am an avid woodworker. I am experienced in multiple design software including Corel x4 and Adobe Photoshop, as well as traditional media such as oil, acrylic, charcoal, pastels, scratch board, watercolor, and silk screen. Because of this, I hold myself and my work to a very high standard. Contact information for my co-workers as references can be provided upon request.
Work history:
November 1999-September 2003: West Salem Texaco Cashier and night manager
November 2003-November 2007: Joy Construction Laborer and equipment operator
February 2005-June 2011: The Sign Shop Graphic Designer and Vinyl installer
June 2011-Present: Fast Sign Vinyl Installer on call, working as an
independent contractor
Skills (2) Rating
Graphic Design