Debbie Weeks

The intent of Art is never to be once removed but to be direct in it's expression so I will speak in the first party about myself, and not in a silly 3rd person style. I grew up in Northern California where I still reside. A middle class family in El Cerrito, a small bay area town across the bay from San Francisco. My mother painted as a hobby and I acquired my love and talent for visual arts from her. I was the kid who always had a Crayola in her hand and in charge of the art board in school. The kid who cut classes just to go back to the art room to work on my current project. Eventually my artistic direction turned toward wildlife, equestrian and nature. In time I was able to eventually hang my art in a renowned art gallery as well as keeping myself very busy traveling to outdoor art shows throughout California and Nevada. Sounds pretty good so far, right? Don't let anybody kid you, it was a hard life. I needed to work a part time job as a photo retoucher and take allot of commission work to make it work. But I'm a practical gal, not being into the whole starving artist thing, when I was offered a job as a labels illustrator at Ortho garden products, I jumped at it. I worked for Ortho for 12 years as a contract illustrator while also workings as a paste up artist (yes we really pasted up text and art onto paper in those days) and taking any freelance work that I could to make ends meet. In time the company changed hands and I was phased out. Having no formal education I took part time jobs and put myself back in school taking art and design classes and learning computer and graphic applications. Eventually landing a job as a CD cover illustrator. I also had a graphic business on the side which helped to fill in the gaps. I eventually moved on to become the head of the graphic and creative devision of the Independent Adoption Center where I learned web design and SEO work. That's it, not very sexy, but I am very fortunate that I can now return to my first love full time, putting paint to canvas and sharing my joy with all who want to enjoy it too. Debbie Weeks joined Society6 on April 18, 2013

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The intent of Art is never to be once removed but to be direct in it's expression so I will speak in the first party about myself, and not in a silly 3rd person style.

I grew up in Northern California where I still reside. A middle class family in El Cerrito, a small bay area town across the bay from San Francisco.

My mother painted as a hobby and I acquired my love and talent for visual arts from her. I was the kid who always had a Crayola in her hand and in charge of the art board in school. The kid who cut classes just to go back to the art room to work on my current project. Eventually my artistic direction turned toward wildlife, equestrian and nature. In time I was able to eventually hang my art in a renowned art gallery as well as keeping myself very busy traveling to outdoor art shows throughout California and Nevada. Sounds pretty good so far, right? Don't let anybody kid you, it was a hard life. I needed to work a part time job as a photo retoucher and take allot of commission work to make it work. But I'm a practical gal, not being into the whole starving artist thing, when I was offered a job as a labels illustrator at Ortho garden products, I jumped at it. I worked for Ortho for 12 years as a contract illustrator while also workings as a paste up artist (yes we really pasted up text and art onto paper in those days) and taking any freelance work that I could to make ends meet. In time the company changed hands and I was phased out.

Having no formal education I took part time jobs and put myself back in school taking art and design classes and learning computer and graphic applications. Eventually landing a job as a CD cover illustrator. I also had a graphic business on the side which helped to fill in the gaps. I eventually moved on to become the head of the graphic and creative devision of the Independent Adoption Center where I learned web design and SEO work. That's it, not very sexy, but I am very fortunate that I can now return to my first love full time, putting paint to canvas and sharing my joy with all who want to enjoy it too.

Debbie Weeks joined Society6 on April 18, 2013.

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