My interest with art was encouraged at
school and my drawings and paintings were often chosen to represent the school in national painting competitions. My pictures were often on display and I loved the attention they attracted. However, when I left
school at 15 I did not pursue a career in art but farming, this career was cut short in 1973 when I had a nasty accident with a tractor and it left me paralysed. This gave me an opportunity to reassess my other
abilities but it took a further 10 yrs before I returned to painting. Then it was with a gusto and my preferred medium was for oil paints and on occasion drawings with pen and ink.
Much of my work was portrait and figure
painting, many of which were exhibited and sold. Three years ago I started using computers to do secretarial work for local charities and increasingly found that pictures were needed to describe, illustrate or help
to convey ideas and messages so decided to create my own custom design clipart and illustrations.
I have a wide selection of my own art
work which can be scanned and manipulated into a computer generated art form. This new medium for creating pictures has been very successful and a lot of fun.: Much of my work is in the nature of illustration for
other people's projects, hence why there may be a series of pics as in the case of the clocks which were for a gentleman's clock restoration business.: About 18 months ago I came across Xara, downloaded a trial
version and loved it, bought the full version and have not looked back. I am still learning its many capabilities and enjoy using this programme for all my art work. I have tried many other computer image drawing
programme's but I keep returning to Xara as my favourite. I am in the process of creating a clip art disc of which, a selection can be viewed on my website http://www.jpgrafiks.com