|My interests and skills are quite diverse. I have always strived to maintain a balance between art and science in my life. That probably has something to do with left-brained/right-brained stuff, but who really knows or cares what is going on in different parts of your brain anyhow? (Remember I'm a rocket scientist, not a brain surgeon.)|
My education was highly technical. While I took as many art electives as possible, the Aeronautical Engineering curriculum offered less free electives than any other engineering program at RPI.
My mom is an artist. No matter how hard I tried, I could not escape the art world (and believe me, as a child who grew up hearing bedtime stories about German renaissance painters, I tried to get away.) The funny thing is that I have done very little painting being barraged with it as a child.
I found my calling in photography. Perhaps it was the blending of technology and art which appealed to me. I watch many artists get flustered with the technical aspects of photography while I've seen geeks master the camera-machine but can't take a picture worthy of silver-gelatin processing (printing).
Photography served as my escape from the engineering world. I chose working as a ski photographer in Oregon (making minimum wage) over working for one of the top helicopter manufacturers in the world as a helicopter designer.
I struggled living in poverty being a photographer and concluded that it is too hard to "make-it" as a photographer. I have an engineering degree and needed to take advantage of it. It gave me a competitive edge over all those other people who owned nice cameras and knew how to sell themselves.
Fortunately I have found a gratifying blend of science and art doing web design and residential design. Ironically, my current portfolio doesn't display either of those. ...coming soon