My name is Steve Andrews and I live in Bucks County Pennsylvania. My professional background is varied but includes many years as a graphic illustrator. This was always my favorite job as it allowed me fair use of the creative process, making every assignment a new challenge. This was back in the early 80’s and I remember my company bringing in computers for the first time for Computer Aided Design. Until then we sat at drafting tables with rulers and straight edges and ink pens and templates and Leroy guides. Those were the days! There was no better job in the world than being part of an art department at that time. Sharing a single huge room for long hours with over-imaginative and over-caffeinated artsy types made for strange times and great memories.
But in came the computers and out went the fun, and drafting just was not to be the same ever again. I never did take up the CAD. I could not see much difference between a drafting computer and an Etch-a-Sketch and, perhaps back then, the difference really was minimal. In any case, I knew something good was being lost.
Skip forward to the 2000’s and I, like everyone, was part of the computer world. Back in 2005 or so, a friend, Cindi, who creates custom equitation riding apparel, approached me and asked me if I knew anything about creating websites as she needed one for her business. I admitted I knew nothing about them but would certainly look into it for her. Well, me being me and all, I went all in and never stopped. I already knew a few things about working with images and page layouts so that was a plus. I learned all I could about HTML coding, added that to my then limited knowledge of digital image editing, and created my first website, Simply Western.
Since then I have created quite a few sites and I always love the challenge of starting a new one. Among other things, it allows me the creative process I miss so much from my illustrator days, although I do not miss being hit in the back of the neck with an eraser bag on a hot summer night. Over-imaginative, over-caffeinated artsy types…whatta you gonna do??