Meet Author/Artist/Entrepreneur - Authistpreneur *
Writing has been one of my passions for as long as I can remember. I'm a professed bibliophile (in case you don't know, it means I LOVE Books) and when I was a child, I would take out of the town library, or weekly bookmobile, as many books at one time that I was allowed. And now, as an adult, I do believe there is no such thing as owning too many books. My dream house includes my own library with wall to wall books! But until I get that library, books can be found in every nook and cranny of my home. And that includes the floor, just about any available table, as well as on actual book shelves.I have a BA in English, no surprise there! Yup, I made that decision based solely on my love of books. I didn't really think about a CAREER! I guess that would have been the wise thing to do, but I thought it was a better choice making the decision based on what I love: books- reading them, writing them, and owning them.
Over the years I discovered another passion or two – painting, for one. I mostly taught myself to paint, relying on many art books and spending a lot of time practicing to improve my skills over the years. I started with watercolor and gouache and particularly enjoy painting them on Yupo paper. I then started using pastels and enjoy the softness of working on velour paper. In 2005/'06 I spent a year painting oils exclusively to improve my skills in this medium. I participated in a Daily Painting project using acrylics to develop a more impressionistic style and move away from realism in my paintings. This six-month project helped me become quite proficient in this fast-drying medium. I Love painting. And I love, in particular, painting animals...animals and nature.
I also enjoy painting a group of mushrooms at the base of a tree or a clump of wild flowers partially covered by dried leaves, those little miracles in nature that we drive or walk by everyday but never seem to notice. My purpose in painting animals and nature is to show the beauty, the fragile condition of nature. I see this as a challenge in my art and hope I can reach others through my art so that they, too, will come to love and appreciate the beauty on earth that is ours to cherish and protect.
Although I appreciate when an artist can paint photorealistic works and started painting with that goal in mind myself, by exploring the various mediums and also searching for my style, I have found that I prefer a looser more painterly and impressionistic style and am developing that for my work. Nature is so abstract and to try to paint every leaf or blade of grass doesn't convey the richness of nature, the true beauty, which lies in its abstractness. When you look at the canyons in Montana and the rocky shore line of Maine you will see that there is nothing perfect about them. But in their abstractness, they are perfect.
I worked in the computer industry for more years than I was comfortable with but gained over ten years of experience as a technical writer and editor. I've been writing for as long as I can remember when I was first able to hold up a pencil and form words on a piece of paper. The single most important skill I learned in high school was typing and so writing with a keyboard has become a preferred means of recording thoughts. I do, also, love writing with pen and paper but I can simply type faster than I can write with a pen. When I try to write fast my penmanship becomes indecipherable, even to me.
I have written many stories, for children mostly, and together with my internet architect husband, Jim Fontaine, we created a publishing website to sell my books www.BBDPublishing.com. I can only hope that you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.
"I gave my books their own room and now they want the whole house." (a book joke)
Jim and I are very involved in saving wildlife through wildlife conservation and habitat preservation. We have designed a line of exclusive products using some of my artwork. Find out more about how we are saving wildlife together by visiting our website www.eyehelpanimals.com. We have also created a website using some of my artwork to help shelter animals. Go to www.helpshelterpets.com to find out more about what we are doing to help support no-kill shelters around the country.
*Authistpreneur - which stands for Author/Artist/Entrepreneur is a term I created to describe all that I do as an Author/Artist/Entrepreneur. I have found references to Authorpreneur referring to someone who is an author/entrepreneur and references to Artistpreneur for someone who is an artist/entrepreneur but I am both a published author and a fine artist and I have several online business (www.HelpShelterPets and www.EyeHelpAnimals.com besides my art business and self-publishing business www.BBDPublishing.com) You saw it here first!!!