Creative Services Studio Specializing in Logo Design, Graphic Design and Logo Animation
 JMGA-TEAM-PHOTOJM Graphic Arts (JMGA) is a full service graphic design studio offering creative, meaningful and professional graphic design and marketing solutions for your business or organization. From database driven publications and product catalogs to logo creation and graphic animation, JM Graphic Arts can be your graphic design resource!

Meet the Team

Julie McFarland - JMGA President

Julia McFarland, President

Originally a journalism student, Julie switched directions and earned an AAS degree in Advertising Design at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley. After working in the industry for several years, Julie founded JM Graphic Arts, Inc. so she could work at home while raising her two small children. Julie’s kids are grown and gone, but the business remains and is thriving. As the face of JMGA, Julie loves meeting new people and is a relational thinker. She finds the most joy in collaborating with her team to create something of greater value than she could ever accomplish by herself. In her spare time you will find her walking, crocheting, reading a good mystery, or traveling with her husband.

Favorite Quote: “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” – Albert Einstein

Lessons Learned: Whenever you hear thunder – press “Command + Save”. You can never do this too early or too often.

Ocie

Ocie Steiner, Publications Specialist

Ocie joined the JM Graphic Arts Team in 2001 and has proven to be an asset regarding the logic side of our design team. With his degree in Corporate Publications and his background in digital and print production, Ocie has helped define many aspects of our automated catalog and design services. His previous experience as Publications Coordinator for First Baptist Church Maryville, Illinois and his history with digital printing and workflow provides a wealth of knowledge for all our various clients. Ocie is married with two children and enjoys his family, cooking and gardening. And no matter the weather, you can usually find him next to a grill or his smoker.

Favorite Quote: Work smarter, Not Harder! – Scrooge McDuck

Lessons Learned: If you’re going to do it more than once, make sure you do it RIGHT the first time.

Tia

Tia Roney, Art Director

Tia joined the JMGA team in 2008 and has over 25 years of industry experience. She studied Fine Arts at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Advertising Design at Florissant Valley Community College. Tia is a visual thinker with a passion for art, design and illustration. She brings a wealth of creative expertise to the team and is often our “go-to” for design direction. In her spare time you’ll find her outdoors: cycling, hiking or throwing a Frisbee for her Border Collie, Bella. If it’s raining, she’s inside rearranging furniture…

Favorite Quote: “Design is not just what it looks like or feels like. Design is how it works.” – Steve Jobs

Lessons Learned: In life, there is no command-Z

Matt Assel - Motion Graphic Arts

Matt Assel, Motion Graphic Artist

Matt joined the JMGA team in 2016 as the motion graphic artist and animation trainer. He studied Music Composition at Webster University, and enjoys an active schedule of writing music for film and live-performance. Having worked with a number of artistic mediums, Matt enjoys collaborating on big projects that engage colleagues with a wide-range of skills. Dreaming, thinking, and planning big characterize his approach to his work. In addition to his career, Matt loves traveling, cooking, and dream-home planning with his beautiful wife, Kelsey. He’s also an avid reader, and hopes to continue carving out more time for woodworking.

Favorite Quote: "The best way to predict the future is to invent it." - Alan Kay

Lessons Learned: Diligence in dreaming, focus, planning, and execution will easily put you in the top 1% of any field.