Profile - Owner
With an education in fine arts, I excelled in design, although my love
has always been working in oils (starting at age 12). I added a
history minor, then education, so I wouldn't become a starving artist.
Some years later, I developed a unique style of watercolors with strong
color and texture; I sold many watercolors through high-end galleries in
Dallas, Houston and Fort Worth.
Most of my real career was in Human Resource management, up to the
Director level. I developed HR divisions for several companies who
had never previously had any. This involved research and
development of policy and procedure manuals, compensation and benefit
plans, recruiting, training, and a lot of budgeting and financials!
I partnered with a former CFO and did all the financial projections and
technical writing for numerous business plans for his clients. And
learned a lot more finance in the process.
I have also done a lot of creative writing, which ties into my art
background. I also transferred my need for "creativity" into
developing a breeding program for quality Labrador Retrievers ... and
have raised and shown them for over 20 years. Many of my puppies
have had success in the show ring, have hunting, obedience and agility
titles; many have become service dogs and one recently attained his
search and rescue certification. The rest, bless them, are much
loved family companions and couch potatoes! During part of this
time with my dogs, I owned and operated several boarding, grooming and
training facilities. And, I started doing payroll and bookkeeping
for a variety of small businesses including construction contractors,
printers, etc., since I had become adept at doing my own.
I started web site development years ago when I needed my own web site,
and learned it the hard way ... but the right way. I have since
designed many web sites for clients who wanted something unique ... not
a "cookie-cutter" web site with limited variations. My web sites
are creative and structurally correct, easy to navigate, user friendly
and attractive. And, my prices for development and maintenance are
well below the going rates.
Recently, I have delved into photography beyond what I previously had
done, and am enjoying learning what my Nikon D90 really can do. I
have moved up to both Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 5 for photo editing
... both of which offer the power to truly transform a mediocre photo
into a work of art! Thus, I've gotten deep into photo editing;
I can turn almost any photo to what you want
it to be, whether
for a commercial promotion, web sites, or consumer family photos worthy
of enlarging and framing.
My passion is life has always been to "create" something of beauty and
function. I hope I may be able to do that for you.