WOW! I can't believe I left this blank for all this time! I was always blessed with the gift of gab, especially about myself but time gets away from you.
Being creative always came naturally. Ever since I first picked up a crayon and began coloring in my He-man coloring books when I was just a little tyke. But it wasn't until I was introduced to comic books, specifically the X-men comics of the 90's and their gritty art, that I fell in love with the storytelling medium. I probably had the chops to be a painter or sculptor but it was illustration that captivated my imagination. I can still see my high school art teacher's eyes rolling in his head like it was yesterday as I handed in another comic-inspired assignment. Not that I couldn't create anything I wanted but I had a laser-like focus. Imagine trying to sell a Star Wars fan on the idea that Star Trek is better! Not going to happen.
When it came time to go to college, I chose to go into Graphic Design, at the Pittsburgh Technical Institute, since it had the most to do with comic book creating. Little did I realize that I would fall in love with the whole process, especially the technical part of utilizing the various desktop publishing programs. It was during this time that I met the love of my life, Theresa. We fell in love and started a family and my professional career turned towards prepress after I began working at a print shop in Meadville.
But I never stopped drawing and creating. I just worked it into the small cracks of time I had available when not raising our children and performing my husbandly duties. Now I spend a little more time with my art, particularly when the kids are watching their Youtuber heroes online. And I hope to someday get my own comics and stories published someday.
I've also began working solely in digital format having recently purchased a Microsoft Surface and using Autodesk Sketchbook. Giving that a whirl but it is quite a change from solely in pencil and pen for, well, ever since I could hold a pencil and pen. I do have a couple of creations that are nearing completion and will be uploaded when finished.