Professional fine artist with classical and contemporary training in fine art, art history and the psychology of art, complimented by professional experience in art and editorial direction, design, photography, publishing and electronic media.

Art therapist with experience counseling and teaching in educational, psychiatric and correctional settings.

Art instructor with experience teaching at college and primary (K-12) levels.

Accomplished in a variety of techniques and mediums including drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design and photography. Fluent on Macintosh and PC platforms with advanced expertise in Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Office suite, electronic prepress and webmedia.


Master of Arts degree — Art Therapy: California State University, Sacramento

Bachelor of Arts degree — Fine Art: California State University, Sacramento

Associate of Arts degree — Art: American River College, Sacramento

L’ Accademia delle Belle Arti, Florence, Italy — CSUS International Programs Scholarship (Fine Art, Art History)

California State Vocational Education Teaching Credential  (inactive)

Teaching and Counseling

Art Professor (adjunct)
Jan.–June 1990: Eastern Washington University Department of Fine Art, 140 Art Building, Cheney, WA 99004

Developed graduate level course in graphic display including publishing and advertising theory and production techniques and culminating in a tabloid newspaper, Das Easterner, that was created, edited and designed by the students and was published and distributed campus-wide.

Art  Therapist / Instructor
Jan.–June 1979: California Youth Authority, WINTU, 3001 Ramona Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95826

Supervised wards in contained classrooms at a maximum security psychiatric-medical facility for the education and treatment of adolescent felons. Taught artistic technique (2D and 3D), fostered art as an expressive mode for establishing non-verbal understanding and self discovery, and managed/monitored equipment use and supply inventories.

Art  Therapist / Instructor
June 1978–June 1979: Hollywood Park Elementary School, 4915 Harte Way, Sacramento, CA 95822

Conducted individual drawing/art-therapy sessions with an adolescents suffering from severe alienation and withdrawal. Conducted long-term therapy from intake to termination, conferring with school psychologists, teachers and family. Organized and evaluated procedures and objectives—determining appropriate therapeutic applications and assessing client development and responsiveness to therapy.

Art  Therapist / Instructor
Jan.–Sept. 1978: American River Hospital–Eskaton Psychiatric Unit, 4747 Engle Road, Carmichael, CA 95608

Conducted daily art, occupational and recreational therapy sessions and weekly encounter-group and psychodrama sessions for inpatient and outpatient populations. Assisted medical staff in charting and treatment assessment. Taught ceramics, drawing, painting, batik and printmaking.

Art Therapist (Student Assistant)
June–Sept. 1978: American River Hospital-Eskaton Mental Health Clinic, 6127 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael , CA 95608

Treated children in a outpatient family-practice, conducting intake, counseling and play therapy of individuals, supervising art-therapy encounter groups and conferring with professional staff (i.e. psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors) to assess and evaluate client wellbeing and therapeutic procedures and applications.

Art Therapist / Teacher (Student Assistant)
Sept.–June 1978: Laurel Ruff School for the Developmentally Disabled, 5325 Garfield Ave., Sacramento, CA 95841

Supervised children and adolescents with mild mental deficits. Within an art-therapy reference provided instruction in 2D and 3D art, music and dance for children from preschool to adolescent ages.

Art Teacher (Student Assistant)
Sept.1971–June 1972: Woodridge Elementary School, 5761 Brett Dr., Sacramento, CA 95842

Drawing, painting, art appreciation and film making (culminating in a class film) to students (K–6). Supervised special projects and assisted teachers and administrators in student evaluations.

Related Professional Experience

Fine Artist, Illustrator and Book Designer
–Present: Ron Short Studios, 2100 Calle de la Vuelta, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Publications Editor / Art Director
Aug. 2012
–Nov. 2020: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, One Wildlife Way, Santa Fe, NM 87507

Art Director / Production Manager
Oct. 2000–May 2010: Grand Canyon Association, 4 Tonto Street, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Creative Director / Communications Manager
Nov. 1992–Aug. 1997: Columbia HCA-Utah Division, 420 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Director of Publications / Chair University Press
Jul. 1983–Jul.1990: Eastern Washington University, 301 Showalter Hall, Cheney, WA 99004

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