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My Grandfather was the one who introduced to me to horses. When I was very young he bred Welsh ponies. When I was 4, I wanted a horse and instead received a model horse, which later led to being involed in the model horse hobby. Horses, cats and other animals also became the subjects of countless crayon drawings.
I think I was in junior high when my parents asked if I wanted to take riding lessons or art lessons. I chose riding lessons, which eventually led to being accepted as an equestrian major at Averett University (back then it was a college). However, I was an art major in high school and when I decided to drop my horse courses, I transferred to Messiah College (which is a Christian college) and graduated with a BA in Fine Art and Graphic Design in 1986.
I married my college sweetheart and eventually we bought a house in beautiful Chester County, PA, deep in horse country. We have a son, Shane, and share our house with cats, tropical fish and butterflies in the summer. Some of my other interests include gardening, baking, road biking and mountain biking.
In addition to working a fulltime 2nd shift job in telecommunications, I have been doing business as Evanson Art & Design in my spare time. Shortly after my husband and I moved to the Phoenixville area, I went for a job interview for a graphic artist position. After viewing my portfolio, the interviewer commented, "Oh, you’re a real artist." She continued by saying they only hired real artists on a freelance basis. At the time, I was not working on a freelance basis, but it did plant the seed which became Evanson Art & Design in 2003.
Cameras: I will shoot with whatever is at hand. I learned to shoot using my Grandfather’s Leica M4, which had an incredible portrait lens. I have owned a 110mm, a pinhole camera, a Nikon FG, disposable cameras, and various point & shoot Nikons. I now shoot all digital and have a Nikon 4300, a Sony F828 and a Nikon D90, the latter of which I use most of the time. Most of my photography is marco, but I also shoot landscapes and anything I find interesting. And yes, incase you are wondering, I use the Nikkor 105mm VR macro lens and it definitely is awesome.
Inspiration: animals, nature, my husband, my son, my cats, other artists.
Favorite Artists: Picasso, Degas, Wright, O'Keefe.
Favorite Video Games: Skyrim, Dragon Age and Tomb Raider.
Favorite Books: Candide, A Brave New World, The Chronicles of Naria, and The Lord of the Rings. Anything by Flannery O'Connor.
Favorite Movies: Comedy and SciFi/Action/Adventure . . . Pink Panther series, James Bond series, Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns, Office Space, and The Lord of the Rings.
Favorite TV channels: SyFy, Smithsonian, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and The Science Channel.
Favorite Cartoons/Animation: Shrek series, Ice Age series (especially Scrat), and of course, Spongebob Squarepants.
Favorite Music: generally, grunge and post-grunge, but I listen to other stuff too. Groups include Nirvana, Audioslave, Days of the New, Common Children, Grammatrain, U2, The Cars, Talking Heads, The Beatles, Duran Duran, Coldplay, Led Zepplin, and so on. My favorite classical artists are Mozzart and Beethoven.