My story as an artist begins long before I can recall. So I’ll start where it matters. I was raised in a small town, on a dead end road with not much to do. When I wasn’t playing outside, I was figuring out a way to make things pretty, or dark and scary, in the chaos that was my room. I was never really good at dark and scary even though I loved the style. I loved the drama of it but it never really was me. It wasn’t until college where I learned that I will never amount to anything if I don’t accept that I have to find my own style and build upon it.
During high school I was fortunate enough to have some fantastic art teachers who were there to guide me in the direction I needed to go to get my art out there. It was then when I won my first awards in drawing and painting among students much older than me. They led me through the process of taking pictures of all of my art and making slides for my very first portfolio, which got me accepted into Boston University, in the College of Fine Arts. Taking those photos hit me like my first taste of cheese cake. There was no way I was going through life without that.
Boston University was an eye-opener. I thought I was good at drawing and painting, but my drawing and painting styles were ripped apart. I had to start over. Spheres and cubes graduated to crumpled up paper bags and skulls. Only then did we finally move onto still lifes and models. My frustration melted when it dawned on me that my professor had successfully taught me how to see – without actually telling me. That experience was crucial to my success in photography and graphic design because then, for the first time, I saw both as art. A path was lit into my future and I ran with it.
After college, I tried real jobs. I really did, but it wasn’t what I really wanted to do, and it wasn’t what I went to school for. It’s not that working 8 to 5 bores me, because I have never minded working. I wanted more out of life than the normal office grind. Getting my first graphic design job enabled me to carve out a satisfying career for myself. For the past 15 years I have worked as a designer and an Art Director in New Hampshire. During my spare time, I paint, draw and am a freelance designer and photographer. Gorman Imagery is dedicated to all of it. I hope you like what you see. Please feel free to leave comments or contact me if you would like my services.
I am located in South-Central New Hampshire and will travel throughout much of New England for photography. There is no limit to distance with freelance, as it all can be done digitally or shipped if necessary. I hope to hear from you.
– Stephanie Gorman