Sometimes I like to get away
into my own little world of music.
At the local O'Charlie's Restaurant with
my cousin Julie and her husband Tim.
The neighbor's dog, not mine.
I'm allergic.Too bad for me.
A little bit about me, if you're interested. I'm from Nashville, Tennessee. Here in Nashville we're known as Music City. That's because Nashville is famous for music publishing. But there's a lot of book publishing here too. Whenever I can, I like to combine the two: Listening to music (like maybe James Taylor or Amy Grant or classical) while designing a book cover or working with oils on canvas. Or sketching with pencil or creating a digital illustration. For relaxation, I like to pick up the acoustic guitar, covering artists such as Paul Simon or James Taylor, or gospel music. I think it's fun to make music with other people, too. Recently, I led a singalong around the campfire at the local Baptist Church Fall Festival. Nashville affords a lot of that kind of thing. Everybody has a guitar. I remember several times playing bluegrass and gospel music with a few musicians (including members of the Nashville Symphony!) at a United Methodist Church picnic. Lots of good fun. Sports-wise in Nashville, the Tennessee Titans are Tight! Originally from the north suburbs of Chicago, I also follow the Cubs and the Bears. The Cubs have had much recent success, while the Bears remain very mediocre, ha! Looking back on my life, I can remember one day in the kitchen at age seven when I asked my mom about Jesus and I gave my heart to Him. I guess I'm a little like Andy Griffith, who once said, "I was born again when I was eight years old, and I've always been satisfied with it!" I think we have all been given gifts by God, and let me say that I appreciate my gifts and I want to share them. Thanks! -Rick
Not too old, but retro or vintage or classic. One day I found myself walking through Historic Downtown Franklin in Tennessee, a little south of Nashville. I took a picture of an old brick storefront that I liked. Then later I took that picture into Photoshop and cleaned up the street litter. I touched up the “paint” on the front door and “trimmed” the bushes. Then I added a classic old car in the street, a dog on the stoop and a couple signs in the window. I thought, “This is what my storefront might look like if I was working in downtown Franklin Tennessee back in the old days.” Here’s the resulting digital illustration above, it was fun to make. I hope you like it!
Shutterstock sells the rights to high resolution images, and they sell them all around the world. Having been a contributor with Shutterstock ever since 2016, I have created (as of this writing in May of 2022) over 250 images - Oil paintings, photographs, and digital Illustrations. Every time you sell a download, Shutterstock reports to you the image and the location of the sale, from everywhere around the world. To the point where I was able to construct this wall map that you see above. As far as I can tell, I have sold images in at least 83 countries around the world, to the tune of 7,000+ downloads. It's fun for me to keep track of the countries and cities! It's an honor and a privilege to help spread the gospel message to the nations in a visual way - with pictures and images.