It all started when I got into my High School Computer Graphics class. Ever since I discovered I could make art within Photoshop, I never stopped messing with it. My methods and techniques have continued to change as I learn more about my craft and my software, but the curiosity remains the same. I still get a thrill when I've found something new or recognize how to do an effect in another piece of art or graphic design. Luckily, this seems to happen a lot and I plan on keeping it that way.
I am a product of several schools. I tried my hand at Computer Science my first year of college, but found it rather mundane. The prospect of staring at lines of code for hours each day did not excite me as much as my fellow classmates. I moved back home and worked on an Associate's of Arts at a community college. After I graduated, I went to Carson-Newman University (College when I started!) and was able to complete my Bachelor of Arts: Graphic Design. While I developed my craft in a variety of ways at school, I feel that my best periods of progression were during my times off. It gave me a chance to indulge in projects and avenues that interested me and they shaped how I view graphics today.
Today, you'll find me working on all kinds of odd projects as I continue to expand my repertoire. Hopefully, I will be able to expand my horizons further at some point by teaching my craft to aspiring graphic designers. Until then, I'll keep honing my skills and keep working for people who inspire me.
Valency came around because of an old gamer tag that I used online, which came from "Valence Electrons." If you are unfamiliar with chemistry, then allow me to google you an answer. As stated by Wikipedia:
"A valence electron is an electron that is associated with an atom, and that can participate in the formation of a chemical bond; in a single covalent bond, both atoms in the bond contribute one valence electron in order to form a shared pair. The presence of valence electrons can determine the element's chemical properties and whether it may bond with other elements: For a main group element, a valence electron can only be in the outermost electron shell. In a transition metal, a valence electron can also be in an inner shell." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valence_electron
Making bonds with my clients and helping them connect with their market is what I love to do. Connecting my own vision to my clients is critical to making sure that I give them the service they deserve. When this happens, it makes it much easier for me to identify exactly what needs to be accomplished. That's how Valency applies to me. And to think, this defining feature of my life was picked because "high school me" thought "Valency" sounded cool. Who knew?