I'm basically a self-taught hobbyist. I did b/w photography back in the days of proof sheets. I took art classes in oils and acrylics. My childhood influence was my Dad for science fiction and my mom for homey stuff, but they both promoted female equality, a theme I like to work with. We always had art albums of all the art museums, which I always felt intimdated by, I could never be that good, eh? They grew up in the Great Depression, and that has influenced me, too. My artistic leanings are towards science fiction or futuristic themes, and homey, sentimental themes. I am impressed by the work of others in the digital art community and regulary browse galleries. Lately, I've been experimenting with "portraits" because the new render engines are amazing. I use DAZ Studio and I still love my Bryce. I use Corel Photoshop for postwork. I may not know all "the rules" for producing art, but I try to keep learning and keep it fun. Yes, it's just plain, interesting fun to watch a render. Sort of like watching paint dry, but I do small chores during then. I'm married long time to my best friend, I have adult grandkids, and I don't accept the label of "Mid-Century". My hubby is my greatest fan, and he's supported me all the way. He's the computer guru who started me down this path. We have pets who make me up get up from the computers and keep us active. I like gardening, and cooking, and baking bread.