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I had the pleasure of being a student under both Glen and Judy Felch at Principia College during my Studio Art BA program (1994-1998). As part of their retirement, the Art department is organizing a gift, whereby students and alumni are being invited to contribute a 4″ square piece of artwork that will be mounted on a square block. This is my piece, which shows the pen, notebook and computer that has led to my career as a designer.
In 1996 Judy Felch gave me a piece of advice that has stuck with me ever since. She said, “You should do something with computers and your art.” At the time, all I could imagine was doing something maybe with video games, or Macromedia Director CD-ROMs. The Web was still in its infancy. Shortly after receiving this advice, I typed this into Yahoo’s search box (this was pre-Google): “HTML tutorial”. I read through one the first night, then the next night went through another and actually built my first web page. I trace my subsequent career as a web and user interface designer directly to that excellent advice.
When I first decided to be an art major, I didn’t think that there was anything that I would be able to use my degree for to make any money. I decided to do what I enjoyed the most, however, and I’m happy to say that by embracing not only analog but also digital art I’ve been blessed with a very satisfying and financially rewarding career.
I am very grateful to the Felches, and wish them all the very best as they retire and focus on their own fine-art careers. They are both outstanding teachers, and I am very proud to call them friends.
Here are some of my favorite pictures from my April 2007 trip to visit my good friend Damon and his family in China. They live in Guangzhou in Guangdong province. I arrived in Hong Kong, then traveled on to Guangzhou. We took a quick day trip to Macau, then a week-long vacation trip to visit Wulingyuan National Park in Hunan province (the first National Park ever created in China). After we got back to Guangzhou it was soon time for me to begin my return trip back to St. Louis, Missouri, USA, by way of Hong Kong to Seoul, Korea to Chicago and then finally back to St. Louis.
Click picture for title and description. None of these pictures were photoshopped or retouched in any way. The night ones were particularly fun to take with long exposures.
Some video I took of a cool machine mounted on the back of a truck that was hauling 3″ thick old telephone copper wire bundle cable out of the ground and chopping it up into 4′ segments to be hauled away. They were then going to lay fiber optic cable in the hole where they pulled the copper out of.
Taken on my Treo 700p. Love it… 🙂
Check out the Barak Obama “1984” YouTube ad Mar 22 2007
An excellently done mashup of the famous Apple 1984 ad featuring Hillary as Big Brother and Barak as the revolution.
St. Louis Art Museum pictures and video Mar 4 2007
Download full-size panorama (4370 x 972 px)
I made this video with my new camera (Canon SD800-IS) tonight at the St. Louis Art Museum. There was a show called “Art in Bloom” going on and we went with Kathy for dinner and to see a jazz singer.
And here are some of the pictures I took:
We were happy to get our new camera from UPS today, a Canon SD800-IS. So far I’m really pleased with this. It has image stabilization (which lets you take mostly vibration-free pictures) and a 28mm wide-angle lens on it which means that you can take a picture of an entire room with it. It’s nice to have a real camera again instead of always using the one on my cameraphone (Treo 700p). I’m looking forward to doing more interesting and high-quality photography with this 7.1 megapixel tiny wizard of a camera.
We were also glad today when Eric brought the sample of granite and glass back from the water jet cutters. It looks awesome. And also looks like it will be an extremely difficult job to do right, but one that will be really really striking once it is all finished and installed.