There are two driving forces in my background. The first is that I went to college to become a medical illustrator. This training not only gave me a good foundation in anatomy, but also trained me to paint so that my viewers could visually "read" what they were looking at.
The second force was my photography. I studied black and white photography by using a 5x7 view camera. This is a large and heavy camera on a tripod which requires one to insert 5x7 pieces of film into its back to create a single image. Nothing like the point and shoot digital cameras of today where you shoot off a hundred images rapidly and crop one of them to look good. No, the view camera made you think long and hard about design, composition and light and shadow...
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