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Greg Vander Houwen:A Photoshop Pioneer
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Greg Vander Houwen describes himself as “an artist by nature; illustrator by trade”—one who often incorporates photography into his digital art. As he puts it, “My primary business is commercial illustration and user interface design.” Vander Houwen believes that photography is a limited term these days, and points out, “A scanner can be used to capture images as well. It just has a very limited depth of field.”
This successful digital artist’s work draws you into a uniquely beautiful
world of his own creation. Vander Houwen’s clients include Adobe Systems,
Apple Computer, Airtouch Cellular, Columbia House, Microsoft and Oracle Corporation.
In terms of fine art, he credits influences such as Gustav Klimt and Paul Klee.
It’s especially impressive to learn that he’s self-taught, with
no formal education in photography, fine art, or digital imaging.
His first paid job as a photographer occurred in 1980—at age 16—following
a phenomenal natural event. Vander Houwen was camping with some friends in May
when Mount St. Helens erupted. “It radically changed the atmosphere,”
he recalls. “It rained at least an inch of gray ash for about an hour
or two.” He says the sky turned completely black at their campsite. “Oddly
enough, a brief lightning storm also accompanied the eruption,” he says.
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