I am a multimedia artist, as well as a Digital Artist and Graphic Designer. I have written poetry and had some published. I do macro photography of the many varieties of flowers that grow so well in Alaska.
I have designed my own lines of jewelry, and created advertising design. I designed clothing and have done interior design and flower arraigning. I have drawn house plans, done landscape design, watercolors, oil painting and photography. BIOMy formal art training consists of two years of art in high school! While in high school, I won 1st place in Industrial Arts in the state, for an original design in a hand-tooled leather handbag set. It also won an honorable mention in the Ford Motor Company, International contest.
In 1992 I had my own jewelry design and repair business, and developed severe Carpal Tunnel. My doctor said, "Do something else - you can't do jewelry work any more." I went back to college and had to learn the computer. I had never turned on a computer before. Needing an artistic outlet, I started playing with the "paint" program on the computer. I still have the 1st flower I drew. It was awful! That...is how I was introduced to the world of computer art.
I bought my 1st BRYCE (3D) in about 1999, and was immediately "hooked". I didn't have a clue what I was doing. I just installed it and started tinkering around - and around - and around. HOURS of tinkering. Frustrating hours, since I lived in Alaska, with no one to teach me. I wanted to throw the computer out the window, more than once! But I hung in there hour after hour, day after day. It scares me to think of how many hours I have put into learning BRYCE!
The primary programs I use are BRYCE 5, PAINTER 6, COREL PHOTOPAINT, & PLANT STUDIO. I use ADOBE PHOTOSHOP for some things. I create all my trees in the tree lab in BRYCE, and many of the plants, with PLANT STUDIO. The nozzles I make in PAINTER.
I sign my work as "BLUE ICE", because the name of my jewelry business was, Blue Ice Beads and people here knew me as "Blue Ice". I decided to keep the name since it relates to the Alaska I love, and the winter scenes I am so fond of creating. :-)