bio news

Lysa MacDonald
Ally's Art Loft

P.O. Box 282
Westbrook, CT 06498
email: lmacdonald@allysartloft.com

Skills: Classical fine arts background. 4 years WWW experience. Ability to meet deadlines and orchestrate multiple responsibilities. Can conceptualize and implement designs working with various clients, programmers, and specialists. Expertise in web navigation and audience viewing habits. Self-motivated and passionate about my work. Strong written communication skills. Exceptional organization and research abilities. Some print graphics work. Specialization in art/educational based web sites. Willing to travel.

Software: Macromedia Dreamweaver 4, Fireworks, Homesite, Hot Metal Pro 5, Photoshop 5.5, ImageReady, Lotus, Corel Draw/Photo Paint, Netscape Communicator, Microsoft Internet Explorer, FTP, HTML, Windows 95/98 and other Microsoft applications. Explorations into Flash5.

Presently working in a Windows environment.

Selected Web Design Projects:
See online portfolio for additional graphics and content development.

Custom Navigation Systems, Inc.
Production, redesign and layout, custom graphics, html and client support.
Commercial site for Marine Electronics Company.

Kidpacks of America
Production, design, layout, custom graphics, Java and client support
Non Profit web site for marketing community service and assistance to abused and/or neglected children.

Westport Web Works
Concept design, Index page graphics.
Commercial site for cutting edge web development firm.

Café Guerbois.
Production, design, content, custom graphics, html.
Café Guerbois features essays, art historical information on 19th Century French Art, an online bookstore and art galleries. Café Guerbois chosen as "Site of the Week" and "Site of the Month" by UK Plus; "Editor's Choice" and "Cool Site" by Mozilla's Open Directory; Mystudios "Pick of the Month" and the Artchive's "Pick of the Month". Cafe Guerbois was favorably reviewed by Access Internet Magazine receiving 3 gold stars.

Design, layout, custom graphics, and client support
Online mall. Coordination and team efforts by Ally's Art Loft and Database Team.

Graphic Design and Content Development:
See online portfolio for samples of design, logos, computer graphics and writing.

Corporate Experience:
Quest, Inc. d.b.a. INTI, Hartford, CT (1988-1991)
Senior Associate/Government Projects Consultant. Lead project manager to the State of Connecticut Department of Housing for the development of the 150 page policies and procedures manual for the Connecticut Rental Assistance Project. Promoted Assistant to the President upon completion of the RAP program. Served as Public Relations Representative at government and state functions.

Corporate Offices of Ames Department Stores, Inc. Rocky Hill, CT (1982-1988)
Property Manager for over 400 retail stores. Responsibilities included supervision of office staff, legal and real estate lease research, heavy contact with store managers, landlords and contractors. Seasonal maintenance of store locations and subtenants. Served as Corporate Liaison between Construction, Legal and Real Estate Departments.

Trinity College, Hartford, CT 1995 - 1998
Fine Arts/Art History
Recipient of the Baird Fellowship for Art History
GPA: 3.8

Middlesex Community College, Middletown, CT 1992-1995
Associates in Fine Arts
Member of Honors Program
Highest honors

Member of the Graphic Artists Guild in NYC, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Solomon Guggenheim Museum, and the Wadsworth Atheneum. Volunteer activities at the local level. Hobbies include bicycling, swimming, reading, painting, music and travel. Subscriber to Communication Arts, Print, PC World, Macromedia Edge.

Available upon request.

home email me