My passions include art, photography, and technology, with the order of those passions changing on any given day. I work with a variety of traditional media — such as pens, pencils, an assortment of paints, dyes, fabric, papers, and threads — and digital medial such as Macintosh computers (big time Mac girl going way back), a variety of software, and Epson printers; and cameras (Nikon girl) to create my work.
While I studied photography and graphic design in vocational school back more decades than seem possible, and worked as a wedding photography assistant/photographer for a number of years and continue to do event photography, 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.
In addition to traditional art made with a variety of media, I also create “art quilts,” also called textile art — made primarily on cloth and designed for display on a wall. This often includes digital imagery that I design and print. My work has been exhibited around the world, won more than 200 awards, has been featured in many books, magazines, calendars, and on TV. I'm honored that 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 other private collections. I also had a solo show at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles in San Jose, California.
I have also authored 15 non-fiction books primarily relating to computer and design related topics — 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.
In early 2002 I co-founded and served as the Creative Business Director of a web design and development company for well over a decade before retiring from the position. During that time, the company won a Webby Worthy Award and two W3 Silver Awards for websites I designed.
I invite you to learn more about me and my work at my website gloriahansen.com.