I believe the digital medium is finding its place in the art world, and that artists should use, value and enjoy all available means of creative expression. I hope that artists and art lovers everywhere continue to push the boundaries of what constitutes a fine art medium.
As a child, I would draw and paint at any opportunity. My Mother was the head of the computer science department at a local community college, and did some work in artificial intelligence for NASA. My father was an engineer for Ford Aerospace. We had a computer in the house when not very many people had home computers. I used to doodle on used punch cards and green and white striped pin fed printer paper. I began drawing - pixel by pixel - on a glorious Apple II computer when I was about 13, and I never stopped. Throughout high school and college I studied design, and during this time I started digital painting, and also continued working in traditional media; mostly pastels and acrylic paint.
I left college to begin a graphic design career and continued to teach myself and explore new digital media. I began using 3D software in 1998 and was immediately hooked. Initially, my portfolio was exclusively online, and I was invited to participate in many web-based galleries. My images seemed to generate a lot of interest. People began requesting prints through my website and after doing research into fine art printing, I began creating and selling high resolution archival prints of my work in 2003. That same year I started showing and selling my framed images at permanent gallery space in Asheville, NC, where I am still represented. I have told them they're never getting rid of me. They seem OK with this.