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Winter World 2 by RichardMaier, visual art

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My Bio
A southern California native, Richard Maier took his first photography job at age 16 printing snapshots of Micky Mouse for discerning tourists at a one hour photo near Disneyland.

He studied at the University of California at Riverside where his technical skills were eagerly employed by the faculty for their personal work (technical skills being absent on the fine art curriculum). The California Museum of Photography also hired Richard to print from their treasure trove of historical negatives (He has the dubious distinction of being one of the few people on the planet to know how to correctly print from a Uranium toned glass negative). He graduated with a studio arts major with an emphasis on photography and traditional printmaking, and more knowlegde of Post-Structuralism than any one person should have to bear.

Moving to Los Angeles, he was frustrated in his attempts to install a printmaking studio in his apartment by zoning laws which forbid having carboys of nitric acid in residential areas. Seeking other avenues of artistic expression, Richard purchased his first Mac, reasoning that anything so expensive must be useful for something. While he struggled to get “Art” out of that poor beige box, he paid his bills by working as color printer at a professional photo lab.

When a position opened up for a retoucher, he jumped at the chance to sit on his butt all day and make pretty girls prettier. Unfortunately, several years of this left Richard with an acute allergic reaction to women’s magazines. At his worst point, having to thumb through a copy of “Elle” would make him break out in a cold sweat, and “W” could necessitate a trip to the emergency room.

Determined that a change was needed, Richard took a gig with a documentary photographer who forbid him to retouch any of her pictures, but needed help dealing with the vast quantities of data spewing from her new digital camera. On his off days, he works with his esteemed freelance clients. On his off-off days he creates art, having finally learned the secret of how to menace a Mac with a hammer to get the good stuff out of it.

Current Residence: Los Angeles
Favourite genre of music: WTF!
Operating System: Mac OS X
Shell of choice: Sea
Wallpaper of choice: Victorian (with mermaids, please)
Skin of choice: His own.
Favourite cartoon character: The Roadrunner
Personal Quote: "No, I don't think so".

Favourite Visual Artist
Dave McKean
Favourite Movies
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Pop Will Eat Itself
Favourite Writers
Terry Pratchett
Favourite Games
Mastermind
Favourite Gaming Platform
Table (wooden)
Tools of the Trade
Photoshop, Artmatic, scanner, various Photoshop plugins
Other Interests
The Universe.

Pancakes and Booze in Los Angeles! by RichardMaier, journal

Devious Journal Entry by RichardMaier, journal

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Thank you for the watch :heart:
Hello Richard, :wave:

thank you for adding my artwork to your Favourites!

Unconditional by lucid-light

Feel free to check out my gallery or my facebook page. If you like my artworks, you may also be interested in my fractal art jewelry that can be found in this Etsy shop ;)

Have a great day! :tribute:
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your work has been featured in the Prickly Pleasures Group weekly Journal ----> Link :iconnobubunoglompplz: :sun:
Thanks so much for featuring my work! :woohoo:
:iconfavthanksemotiplz:   Thank you so much for the faves ~