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My start in graphics began in the mid-80's when I was the school librarian for the Lutheran parochial school here. The principal dragged us kicking and screaming into the 20th Century by saying, "That's a computer (latest and greatest! Apple IIe). Catalog all those books and we'll have an online (online? what does online mean?) card index. Here's how you turn it on, here's a floppy disk (a what? looks like a square 45 to me, only, um, well…floppy!), type on this part, read it on this part. And save often. (Save? what's that mean? Save it on…that? That broken 45 thingy? Uh, OK…)." For the next couple months I'm sure Bob the principal cringed when he picked up the phone and heard one of us say, "Um, Bob…?"

However, it wasn't long before I figured out that box could make pictures. They weren't very pretty and composed of dots (kind of like boring ascii) and if you wanted them in color you had to take marker or crayon and color them, but they were pictures! And this incredible program called "Print Shop" allowed you to pick what pictures you wanted! And you could print them! (That's another thing I'm glad to say I haven't used in a while…the old dot matrix printer that was so loud you knew from three classrooms away when your work of art was done printing and you could go back and color it in…)

When we did get a computer at home I drew on what I knew, however little that was, and bought Broderbund's Print Shop. It was greatly improved and ran on windows (great, more terminology to learn, PC? Mac? Huh?) and came on 3 floppy disks, which were smaller and no longer floppy. the pictures printed in color on a relatively quiet inkjet printer, the work was done on a color monitor, and wow…a hard drive! (I didn't know what a hard drive was, but the salesman said it was good.) 1.2 GB. GIGABYTES! Wow, I'd NEVER fill that up! Oh, wait, maybe I would…

From then on I was hooked on graphics, and the computers got bigger and faster and so did the programs that run on them. My first "real" graphics program was PaintShop Pro 3, only now it's up to version 7.04. I now use Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Expression, Macromedia Freehand, Painter 6 and 7, and Adobe InDesign, CorelDRAW and Photo-Paint. In the last year or so I have become increasingly hooked on vector graphics and use Illustrator and Expression the most. I design cards, some from photos for other people, some from my own photos and art and sell them, and I do a bi-monthly newsletter for my family that goes out to 52 people, and have done brochures and newsletters for a local company. I also do photo restorations, which I find very rewarding. There is something about restoring a cherished photo that really is satisfying! I'm married and we have four children, 26, 24, 17 and 12, and two perfect grandsons, 7 and 4. (Oh, all right, "perfect" may be pushing it just a tad but it is a grandmother's perogative!)

Currently I am teaching classes at a wonderful online school LVS Online. Go to my Classes page to get more information and learn how to enroll in one of my classes!

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