I'm 18 years old from Canton, Ohio. I've been using Xara since it's Corel days for about 8 years now and I still use it, in some form or
another, in almost every project I undertake for about anything ranging from logo, web, and print design to full length paintings taking months at a time. I'll sometimes use Xara X exclusively to achieve a certain
style or further my know-how of the program. Other times I'll use multiple applications depending on what is best for the overall job.
I've been blessed with some freelance work over the years and now I have a pretty steady job at a photo print lab! They have a program they
send out to their clients containing quite a selection of templates they can stick their photos and text in to be sent back to the lab to print. I design the templates now. Sounds like a blast, eh!? But seriously,
I've been given the opportunity to work on my own time doing something I can do and enjoy doing all the while maintaining relatively creative control over the whole process and for that I am grateful! I will even be
able to continue the work once I move to Chicago for college.
I will be attending The School of the Art Institute of Chicago this fall as a freshman. It is the school I wanted to get into and I am very
excited I was accepted! I will be, for once, in an environment I chose to be in, pursuing a passion I chose to pursue, and choosing classes I feel the need to take all the while being surrounded by hundreds of
artists with the same drive! It will be a very humbling and inspiring experience seeing all the talent and passion around me! I'm very grateful for my family, friends and people at TalkGraphics.com,
amongst other sites, that have, on their own will, helped me become a better artist and encourage me to pursue my passions. They have helped me become what I am and will continue to have their effect on me as I grow
and move on in life and I am eternally grateful for anyone who's given me the time of day to share their mind.