Turtle - December 2004 AOM!


Turtle - December 2004 AOM!
Who is 'Turtle'?

Iím 61 years old. Iíve been married to the same wonderful man for 41 years. I have 3 Children. Oldest is a Son lives in Boston. Next a Daughter KatLisa, who died 6 years ago. The Youngest Daughter who lives close with her Husband, Daughter and Son.

I started drawing pictures since I was old enough to hold a pencil. A good book to me at age 4 was one that had a lot of white pages that I could draw on at the start and finish of the book. Then I got caught, and my Father brought home old used paper from work, the backs were white with no writing. My Parents gave us, my 3 Sisters and me a wonderful childhood. I was always the class artist all through school. My other love then was Ballet.

How long have you been rendering/doing computer graphics?

May 2000, my husband bought me my first computer, so I would have something to do while I recovered from Cancer surgery. I started with PSP. Then I won a contest and Bryce and Painter were the prizes. I bought Poser and was hooked. I started beta testing for Noel (Styxx) and this how I learned. I never posted a promo for him, and he still thought I was one of the best testers he had. It was Pam (chromafolio) who got me started posting at Renderosity.

Do you have traditional art experience?

I have an Associates degree in commercial Art. I took a lot of fine art painting too. I had an offer to work for Hallmark, but couldnít move there. I had art shows and entered the wildlife art contests. I received a grant from the grade school here to teach art for a 10 week course.

What are you currently working on?

I do some promo work, but mainly I work from my heart. I love fairies, fantasy and mood pictures. I also do what I consider public messages about child abuse, social issues, death and depression.

What software/equipment do you use and why?

I still use PSP 7, even thought I have 8. Photoshop CS., Poser Pro 4, I have 5 but my Cat thinks itís her toy. I use Bryce5 once in a while. Then I have bought others that I just donít use.

What do you think your best piece of work is and why?

I have several I like, the reason is I achieved something new in those.

Why do you like to work with 3D software?

After my Daughters death, I painted 3 20x30 pictures of her. Iíve never been able to paint since. So Poser has given me a creative outlet.

Who/what inspires you?

Firebirdz, linwhite, Stormi , Mint , TamelaJ , sirocco , Danie, BJ, Richabri, and marforno are the people who have inspire and helped me with my Artwork.

What inspires me, it can be almost anything, from a song, real life, books, nature, products that are so great I can see a picture just from looking at them.

How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?

Renderosity is my home on the network. I only post here, because this is where my friends are and My huge Gallery. We all help each other, Personal at times, and with art work. We have the forums and a lot of support from most all the members, and the staff.

Parting Comments / Advice to other Artists?

I want to thank Renderosity for nominating me, and the entire Talented great artists who were in the AOM.

Donít give up, I almost threw Poser in Lake Michigan a week after I bought it. When you need to know something about a program go to the forums and ask for help. Before you post make sure it will pass TOS, and youíre proud of the picture. If later you change your mind, you can always delete it.

I learn something new every time I look at these Artistís pictures, linwhite, sirocco , Danie, marforno , rjghise, prog, rockets antje, luciferino, and many more.

Thank you and Hugs to you all.

Be sure to check out Turtle's gallery!

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