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My Story

I have always loved art and I have always loved computers. Since a very young age I have been involved with doing some kind of creative or artistic project. I also spent a ton of time behind the computer keyboard, having worked with computers in some capacity for the better part of my life. It was only a natural progression for me to find a way to combine them at some point. I went back to school last year to update my skills with the most up-to-date knowledge and tools available. This web site is one of the results of the garnering of those skills and a culmination of what I have learned how to do so far. The good news is that... I'm not finished yet.

I graduated from Montgomery College in 1982 with an Associates in Arts Degree in Liberal Arts that gave me a well-rounded foundation early on. Then, life happened. I spent much of the last 30 years or so working as a contract employee wherever I could find suitable work that would not only provide a paycheck, but I took jobs that gave me opportunities for continued training and learning so I could continue to grow as well. Although, not a traditional approach or the clearest or most swift path to success I think it has been the most rewarding and fulfilling in other ways. I have had the opportunity to work in several different industries in many capacities and I have had some splendid teachers and mentors. At the same time, I never gave up my passion for art and computers. I found a way (and still do - to this day) to incorporate art and computers into my daily life in some way.

It is amazing to see all of the things that people can do, but it's even more exciting when you can learn how to do much of it yourself. The internet has made so much more accessible and within reach of all of us and people are learning how to create some of the most complex and beautiful things with which to express themselves. There still are some things where you need someone to show you the ropes, guide the way and mentor you. That's where good teachers enter the equation. There are many gifted and talented teachers across the land. I am thankful to have had so many in my life guiding me, showing me those ropes and lighting the way for me.

I hope to provide some inspiration and insight to other artists and programmers, as well as, to those that don't have the intention of ever picking up a brush or clicking on a mouse to initialize art software and simplu appreciate art for art's sake. Perhaps I will start a tips and hints corner, start a blog, moderate a forum or chat site or maybe something else someone might suggest. I really don't know what that might be yet, but I do knw that I want to stay active and involved.

I'm still in school working on my current endeavor of becoming a certified web designer. My original plan was to move over to the development side once I completed this phase of the program I am currently pursuing; however, some other options have presented themselves and I am considering what I am going to do next. This would of course steer me away from the arts side more toward the coding and computer side of the house. It might open up some other opportunities down the road, but it would be a huge commitment at this stage. I'll keep you posted. Thanks for stopping by and learning about me and what's up in Claude's world. Stop back by anytime and feel free to contact me at any time using the form provided on the site.

All the best!