Turtle - December 2004 AOM!

tammymc · November 30, 2004 11:42 am

Who is 'Turtle'? Im 61 years old. Ive 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 couldnt 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 its her toy. I use Bryce5 once in a while. Then I have bought others that I just dont 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. Ive 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. Dont 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 youre 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 Artists pictures, linwhite, sirocco , Danie, marforno , rjghise, prog, rockets antje, luciferino, and many more. Thank you and Hugs to you all. Leah
Be sure to check out Turtle's gallery! Click on 'AOM 2004' on the sidebar to learn more about Artist of the Month and to view our past winners.

Article Comments


Doublecrash ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

Well deserved! Congrats! :) ___ Stefano

Stormi ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

Congratulations Leah, you are so very deserving of this honor and I'm so happy for you. You're a great lady and a darn fine artist, someone to be admired and respected. We all love ya woman..Hugz

bigsister ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

This is a wonderfull honor you have given my sister, I know no other as talented and draws from her heart. Lots of Love Big sister

chromafolio ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

I'm so happy for you Leah! Who'd have know all those years ago that when we met and i invited you to Renderosity you'd become AOM? I am so very, very happy for you and my heart is filled with joy for you my dear friend. You much deserve this great honor. --Pam (chromafolio aka Exotica)

dreampaint ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

Congratulation, you are a great artist and the first place is certainly a due for you :) Continued to make me dream.

derrys1969 ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

This was a very good interview and her gallery is simply one of the best I have seen ever.

antje ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

Congratulations!!!! You absolutely deserve this!!!! [[hugs]] :o)

akahastur ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

Congrats, it's well deserved! Pati :)

MOOOW ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

Congratulations!!!You absolutely deserve this!!!you are one of the best poser artist,I wish you best in your life.

cagewench ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

Congratulations :>:>:>

Richabri ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

Oh this is such wonderful news! I'm so happy for you Leah! A big congrats on this achievement. Your wonderful art comes straight from the heart and brings such happiness and joy to everyone who sees it :) Big Hugz :)

Arvanor ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

Congratulations for becoming AOM.

RodolfoCiminelli ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

My but you are honest congratulations for a great and talented artist like Leah. I believe that their history leaves us a great teaching to all. For my it is something very traditional to comment the works that every day presents, with its very creative and personal point of view, certain time I told him in an IM that if she had not thought at some time of illustrating stories for children, some of its illustrations is very appropriate for this for that they are carried out with a sweetness that they come from the heart. Congratulations Leah.!!! A big hug!! =) Rodolfo

rockets ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

This is such a long overdue and well deserved honor for you! Congratulations my sweet little friend and thanks for sharing this small piece of yourself!

karanta ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

Congratulations Turtle :) Well deserved :)

danae ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

Congratulations Leah! Your art and your warm personality is an inspiration to us all! You deserve this honour and so much more!! - Danae

3Dream ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

Congratulations. In my opinion, your artwork is the best in Renderosity. Very well deserved!!!

luciferino ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

My sweety you deserve this honor because you are beauty like your art is and your art belive me speak at the soul, compliments... your forever friend Orietta smack HG :-) ^_^

Corinne ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

Congrats ! Very well deserved !

gg77 ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

Congratulations. Well-deserved!

brycek ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

Congratulations Leah..Well deserved!!

Seven Wolves ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

Woo Hoo! Way to go Leah! Very well deserved indeed. Congratulations buddy :)

linwhite ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

Yeah!!!! Now that's what I call a cool interview. I thought I knew you well, but I didn't...LOL Just want to say thanks for inspiring us all especially with the heart and soul you put into your art. It has made me laugh and cry and yes, even blush, but it's always wonderful. Big pat on the back and keep 'em coming!!!!

visualgirl ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

Congratulations, hon! You so deserve it! Nice to put a face with the name and to learn more about you. Hugz, Meli

vshane ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

It's a pleasure to meet you through the interview Leah, congratulations to you!

SophiaDeer ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

Congratulations Leah!! Well done!!

redbeard ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

Wow, a great honor for a great artist! Thanks for speaking for those of us who don't have your skill, for being open and honest about life and death, and for your never ending sense of humor. You really deserve this!

LadyStarDancer ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

This is so Great Leah, Congratulations you deserve it, Keep those Wonderful Renders coming...

sirocco ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

Congratulations Leah! You're such a nice person and a wonderful Artist that you certainly deserve this honor. I'm so happy for you :-)

Helen ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 30 November 2004

Oh Leah... way to go girl. This is most deserved. Congratulations. Helen