My life as a mobile digital artist is a journey that I could never have predicted. When I was a kid in school, I used to draw and paint and I was even doing some relativelylarge landscapes in oils and acrylics a few years after college. I would usually paint from scenic calendars but eventually I wanted to stop appropriating the photographers’ images. Armed with my first 35mm camera, I started making my own photos from which to paint. It didn’t take long, however, for me to fall in love with photography and soon I quit painting altogether.
I spent 32 years teaching high school photography and English and retired from education in 2006. I then started Russ Croop Photography and for the last few years I have been shooting weddings, special occasions, portraits and products. Until I got my iPhone, I hadn’t attempted a serious drawing or a painting in over 30 years.
My iArt odyssey has been fun-filled and action-packed. I have met many wonderful new people, in person and on-line. The learning curve has been stimulating. There have been many challenges and obstacles to overcome while navigating this unknown territory. As a regular iAMDA blogger, I hope that by sharing my iArt experiences I can document a small part in the early history of mobile digital art and along the way answer some questions, ask some questions, promote a discussion or two and if nothing else, bring a smile to a few faces, not to mention promote universal peace, solve world hunger and reverse global warming.