I've always been an artist. I started drawing when I was about 8. I received a pretty nice collection of art supplies for Christmas, and liked copying cartoons and drawing pictures of my toys. Later I started drawing with Rapidograph pens. These are the type of pens that you fill with ink and clean at the end of the day. I'd use these on bristol, and while I would design some things in color, most of my art was black and white.
In high school I found that I really enjoyed ceramics. I was never very good using a pottery wheel, but loved building with clay, carving designs into the clay, and wondering if what I was making would survive the kiln. In college I took more ceramics classes, but since the ciriculum was focused on the wheel, I decided ceramics wasn't for me.
I took other art classes in college. Not really because I thought I'd be a professional artist one day, but because I just didn't really know what I wanted to do. I enjoyed doing scratch art, and was able to do a lot of work with my beloved colored pencils. One of my scratch pieces was selected to be in my college's art show. I felt like I could draw anything, and for me that was a problem. I was bored with art. There was no challenge.
Fast forward to 2017, and here I am being an artist again. This time it's digital art. My canvas is a computer screen, and my colored pencils are replaced with Photoshop and Illustrator. I write code to display my ideas. I communicate digitally.
The world of web design and development is so dynamic, there's always something to learn, and a new challenge to face. It's perfect for me.