I am a creative director, graphic designer, and fine artist located in Tampa, Florida. I have a passion for creating meaningful designs and aesthetic solutions for graphic problems.

Feel free to contact me about project inquiries.

Education, Organizations & Recognition

  • Illinois Institute of Art - Bachelors of Fine Arts

Graphic Design - President's List / Summa Cum Laude

  • Illinois State University - College of Fine Arts

  • College Panhellenic Council (Illinois State University)

Vice President Recruitment, Recruitment Counselor

  • Delta Gamma Fraternity

vp membership - Tampa Alumnae Chapter

membership advisor - University of Tampa

  • Cristaux International - 2017 Stormie Award: Obsessively Organized

The arts have always been deeply embedded in my everyday life. In fact, this passion has been with me since I was in grade school. It was Disney’s The Little Mermaid that inspired me to become an artist. I engulfed myself in art books, explored various mediums, joined art clubs, and enrolled in advanced studio art classes.

 

Initially, I pursued a major in Fine Arts at Illinois State University with a vision of becoming an animator. However, after exploring various creative fields I eventually discovered my true calling was graphic design. I later completed my degree at the Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design.

 

CREATIVE DIRECTOR BY DAY. Today, I am the Creative Director for a prestigious awards manufacturer based in Chicago, as well as a freelance designer on my own time. I specialize in corporate identity, branding, layout design, illustration and special event invitations. I also have a weird passion for typography that not many people “get”…one might even call me a font hoarder.

 

I consider myself a natural leader and enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with other artists and designers, as well as feed my own insatiable need to learn. It is my professional goal to always stay on top of the latest trends, techniques, materials and software in the graphic design field.
 

FINE ARTIST BY NIGHT. I love to create things. My preferred medium is oil paint, but I also do acrylic paintings, hand drawings, digital photography & sculptures. Most of my original pieces are available for purchase, as well as prints through my shop.

 

I work with all budgets, so do not hesitate to contact me with inquiries and commissions. Regardless of the project, I find it exciting to witness the progression of designs coming to life from a simple concept to its full fruition.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Technical Skills

Illustrator

Photoshop

InDesign

QuarkXPress

Acrobat

Cinema 4D

Printing

Photography

Drafting

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These are my areas of concentration in communication design and fine art.

Don't see what you are looking for? Contact me for more information.

  • SPECIAL EVENT STATIONERY

  • WEDDING INVITATIONS & DESIGNS

  • PUBLICATION DESIGN

  • CORPORATE IDENTITY & BRANDING

  • ADVERTISING & MARKETING

  • PRODUCT DESIGN & PACKAGING

  • ILLUSTRATION

  • FINE ART PAINTINGS & DRAWINGS

 
 

I look forward to helping you with your project.

TAMPA, FL

renee@rbhdesign.com  |  T: 312.600.8002

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All works are the intellectual property of Renee Baran-Hickman (Baran-Hickman Design) and may not be reproduced without the specific and formal consent of the artist.