Catching Up With...Anna Dixon, Class of '13
Anna Dixon, Class of 2013, West Perry High School, Advertising, Art and Design
Anna Dixon is a 2013 graduate from West Perry High School and CPAVTS's Advertising, Art and Design Program. She is currently self-employed with her dream business, Rockin' Designs. Anna shared with us how her experience at CPAVTS has affected her career and the skills she acquired here that have helped her in accomplishing her career aspirations. Here is what she had to say:
Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.
"Rockin' Designs is my business, that I have dreamed of since I was five. I hand paint items for sale and custom pieces for customers. Every art piece is hand created and unique. I have many mediums I create my art in, from pin-striping and one-shot paint, to air-brushing, drawing art by hand and graphic design."
What is your job title and what do you do?
"I am the owner and artist of Rockin' Designs. I find different pieces to paint my art on and then go to different car shows to sell them. I also take custom orders where clients pick what I create and what I put my art on."
What other employment have you had related to your program areas at CPAVTS?
"I was a student worker at my college and would use my graphic design skills to create t-shirts and fliers for my college. Mainly I have done freelance work from 2010 to present."
What additional education and training did you receive after leaving CPAVTS? Where did you receive it? Did you feel CPAVTS prepared you for this?
"I received training in pin-striping and air-brushing when I attended college at the PowerSport Institute. At the PowerSport Institute, I also learned how to work on motorcycles, build motorcycles from the ground up and welding."
How was Cumberland Perry different from your regular high school?
"Cumberland Perry was different from my regular high school because it was a real life course, where we had real clients and worked as if we were in a real job situation. At Cumberland Perry, I was treated more like an adult than at regular high school."
How has your industry changed since your time at Cumberland Perry?
" My industy has changed since my time a Cumbeland Perry in technology. We learned on Mac computers and Mac is always coming out with new technology and programs."
What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?
"I have so many memories of CPAVTS that I don't think I could pick just one. One of them is working in class with my friends and another is painting the windows for Christmas. Though my most memorable moment was when Mrs. Lenker-Badorf put my first sketchbook assignment up as one of the top drawings. The was the moment I realized I had an art skill and encouraged me to follow my dreams."