For as long as I can remember, I have been a Freelancer.

It started while I managed a computer store during an extended hiatus from college. Filling the time between customers, I taught myself as many graphics applications as I could get my hands on. Learned that I had a keen eye for layout and an aptitude for design. So, I bought a Commodore Amiga to do graphic design.

Before then, I had never really paid much attention to computers. But this Amiga…it was different. So was the Atari-ST. And the Macintosh. But, since my store was the town’s Authorized Commodore Dealer, the Amiga found a place in my home and in my heart.

During those first years in the evenings (and the early mornings), I teamed-up with a retired college Art Professor. Bob was an inspiration to me. Boundless energy, combined with a lifetime of artistic endeavors in a whole host of mediums, and an enthusiasm for commercial design using our newfound tools. Together, we pioneered Desktop Publishing. (OK–at least it felt like we invented the concept in our part of the world.) We had just enough business to pay for our toys.

Eventually, I went back to school to finish my B.A. in Communications. Since Messiah College was just expanding their Art Department to encompass some graphics courses, I crafted a Minor in Art from among the relevant fine-arts and commercial-arts classes they had to offer. Then I rounded-out my studies with enough credits to add a second Minor in Business.

I’ve since had full-time jobs in a variety of industries. Moved-on from my once beloved Amiga into the world of Macs and PC’s. Even had a couple of stints where I scraped-by on self-employment, contracting myself for graphics and web site design, with some computer repair and consulting, too.

And through it all, as far back as I can recall, I have been a Freelancer.