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I've always been an artist, I've always drawn and painted even from as far back as I could remember. In fact, I can't remember a time when I didn't have a piece of paper and a pencil in my hand.
I never went to art school or did any formal studies of art or comics layout but I was able to develop my skills and abilities to the point where, back in the 80s and after much persistence and determination, I was able to land a job with Warner Brothers in their animation department. This was the fulfilment of a dream for me as I'd always wanted to work in the art field.
Sadly, this dream came to an end when Warners outsourced their animation department to Asia.
Still, I continued to draw and seek new employment. At one point after that I worked as an oil rig worker for Sterling Drilling company out of Sterling, Colorado. At that time I worked in the north east corner of Wyoming with a crew that was drilling deep wells (20,000 feet or more). That lasted for a few years until a severe back injury ended that.
I could go on about all the things I've done between then and now but I really don't want to bore you.
Fast forward to about five years ago.
It was then that I was first diagnosed with glaucoma, a serious, deteriating eye disease that eventually leads to blindness.
At this point I'm legally blind and can no longer draw or paint using conventional by-hand methods. Still, the creative spirit cannot be quelled and, although I miss drawing and painting a quite a lot I'm still able to exercise my creative spirit and creativity by use of modern technology.