My name is Byron.
I was born when I was very young, and over the last 44 years have steadily grown to become older.
My Mother was a hamster, and my Father smells of elderberries, and for the record – I like to fart in their general direction!
I have one sister who I ignore. She enjoys ignoring my ignoring of her. When we get together we are both ignorant.
With the support and assistance of many fabulous RB members, I host the following groups:
I have always been creative.
At the age of 5 I got my first piano, started lessons at 6, and wrote my first piece of music shortly after that. For the next 20years I studied piano getting to 6th Grade AMEB – but failing the exam due to breaking a finger 4 weeks out from the exam.
After highschool I went on to buy the Atari1040STE computer and the Notator/Creator music sequencing software and have written in total more than 200 pieces of music. My home recording studio cost about $30K.
For me, music was the only way I could truly express myself. I had [and still do have] a lot of difficulty explaining how I feel.
Besides that, my father is a builder, so I was always playing and making toys in his workshop. I could build a house now if I had to, but back then I made toys, dozens of billy-carts, a cricket bat, bows and arrows, and jewellery – once I taught myself to solder.
Being creative is extremely important to who I am. Even at work I try to be creative as much as possible by designing new software, databases etc. I am a god with Excell.
While I love music, and of course photography, I probably love designing and building databases the most. Its a very visual endeavour.
Cooking is also another form of creative expression for me.
I started photography back in 1996 after my Aunt suggested I buy a camera.
I am also extremely passionate about writing [geez louise I love writing!].
Being creative is who I am. I am an artist. The medium is irrelevent.
I joined RedBubble for my photography, I have only sold t-shirts, and I am most well-known for my writing.
Aint that a kick in the goolies, huh? Thousands and thousand of dollars for camera equipment sure was money well spent! – It turns out that all I really needed was a pencil and some writing paper!
I was invited into all of them.except for the Curated Galleries group, which I started myself.
The group that takes most of my time and energy is the Photography Critique & Advice Group.
I am passionate about teaching and learning. I firmly believe it is a two-way street. I teach so others may learn, and I learn from them as well.
Having a mentor, or someone to just tell you exactly what they think about your work is probably one of the most important things a new artist can ever have. I hope to be inspirational to other members. When I see them apply something I have mentioned to them, and see their work improve dramatically – there is nothing quite so rewarding!
Having lots of time to surf RedBubble chasing my own interests!
pffft! … haven’t done that in years!
Probably the interaction with other artists.
In PC&A Group… I hope they find the inspiration to be more than they are today.
Our motto [for want of a better word] is:
I hope that our members get something of that every day.
Kallena Kucers has had an exhibition and has had her work selected by another gallery…
I remember about 18months ago Kallena submitted a photo of a dead wasp for critique.
It wasn’t the best of photos, and I explained to Kallena what I thought was wrong with it, and more importantly why I thought those things were wrong.
It was a hard and somewhat bitter pill. Ask Kallena – she will tell you. But she applied the stuff I taught her, and her work went from average at best to simply extra-ordinary almost overnight.
I am so proud to have known Kallena, especially when I see how well she is doing now with her art.
She is the validation for everything I have done on RedBubble for the last three years.
I was a Security Guard for more than 10 years. I worked as a bouncer, as personal protection, as concert security, you name it I did it. I was also a Private Investigator for nearly 4 years. I have been to more domestic violence incidents than most people have had hot dinners, and even talked a suicide down off an 18th floor balcony.
I have investigated more than 200 incidents [including violent assault, rape, break and enter, Burglary, theft of vehicles, drug possession and distribution, I have investigated a couple of deaths, but never a murder…] and terminated the employment of more than 30 people.
In ten years I only ever hit someone once, but then he was holding a carving fork and had just stabbed someone with it. For the record I broke his knee by stomping on it sideways, and hit him so hard that he was unconscious before he hit the ground. – Not bad for a pacifist, huh?
I never ever hit anyone ever again after that.
I got my start in the security industry because of my ability to talk-down any situation without resorting to violence. I stayed with that company for 10years.
So I would have to say that my patience and experience at conflict resolution is probably my most advantageous life skill, that and I can kick ass if I have to…
Buy every photographer the one dream camera they have always wanted.
Buy every graphic artists a WACOM CINTIQ 21ux graphics tablet [MatthewDunnart gets the first one!]
Buy every painter all the paints and brushes they could ever want.
And every writer what ever they desire to do what they do too!
If I missed anyone out there, Bmail me and I’ll send you a check for whatever you want too!
This is quite difficult. I only have a couple of pages of art on RedBubble. It is the stuff of which I am generally most proud.
Some I like more than others for various reasons. One might be the moodiest shot, another might have the best grain, and another might be the best post production work I have done.
so I would have to say, really, my whole portfolio.
But to give you something for this conclusion…
This is the first thing I ever sold, so it has a very special place in my heart.
I didn’t realise until after I uploaded it that it had the typo… which strangely enough makes it very funny:
To gain more insight into the insides of my insidious intellect, especially in regards to outrageously excessive alliteration, check out these:
Now go away, or I will taunt you a second time!