I am an artist, photographer, and writer with a solid business background. I have been designing using digital media for nearly three decades, was considered an early pioneer in the field, and have been involved with Macintosh computers and related technologies since the 1980s. I was an early advocate of electronic bulletin board services and in the mid-1990s began writing about technology, digital-based design, and the Internet. I went on to author 15 non-fiction books (including “Digital Essentials,” which was a USA Book News Best Book Awards Finalist in 2009), have written well over a hundred articles for various magazines, and was a computer-tech columnist for over 15 years.
My artwork has won over 200 awards and has been extensively exhibited throughout the USA and in several countries, including England, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Spain, Czechoslovakia, Russia, and Botswana. It has also been featured in a multitude of magazines, at last count 37 books, several calendars, and on television. I am honored to have had a solo show at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles in San Jose, California, and my work is in the permanent collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky; the Chandler Center for the Arts in Chandler, Arizona; and in several private collections.
I worked as a paralegal and office manager for a law office in Princeton, NJ for over 17 years. During the later years at the firm, I earned certifications in web design and production, with the goal of changing my career. With writing projects providing the bridge, I combined my various skills into the eventual role of Creative Business Director of a web design and development company. With my guidance, we won a Webby Worthy Award and two W3 Silver Awards from the International Academy of the Visual Arts, while having several hundred clients in the USA, and many others in England, France, Switzerland, and New Zealand.
Years back I was hired to design and build the first website for The Parkinson Alliance. I continue working with the organization on a multitude of projects, such as additional websites, a variety of print and design work, and event photography.
While I have many interests, I get immense pleasure from nature photography. It is hard to put into words the magic of being outside with camera, wandering around, focusing on what I see in that moment, and photographing bits of it. It is my nirvana.
I invite you to see some of my artwork at gloriahansen.com