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Terry Schmidbauer

First and foremost, I’m an artist and have always been an artist. I’m not someone who was unfulfilled in another career and wanted to make a life change. In fact, as my Dad tells the story, I started painting wall murals while still in my baby crib using the contents of my diaper as a medium.

I graduated from art school in 1986, married my art school sweetheart and have been a professional, working artist ever since. I have been an art director at a toy company, a commercial illustrator for a number of studios in Chicago, a freelance web designer and for the last fifteen years I’ve worked in the software entertainment industry as an artist and team leader. And thru all this I’ve been an artist.

I love light, I love shadows and I love creating art! I’ve always loved photography but it was only recently I started taking my photography seriously. On a beautiful Spring morning I was biking to work when I saw a Bald Eagle in a tree across the river. As I’m never without a camera, I took my point and shoot out of my backpack and captured a really terrible photo. When I looked at the photo I realized that I had lost my muse and I needed to do something to get it back. I decided to take on a yearlong project where I would take an artistic photo a day for a year. This would push myself to expand my artistic vision, explore ideas quickly and not dwell on anything for very long and thereby getting my muse back. The only limitation I put on myself was to not use Photoshop as I’ve been working in it since its initial release in 1992 and wanted to learn something new.

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