My father was injured during his military service WWII. While recuperating and to pass the time , he created numerous drawings and sent them home to my mother. As a child, from time to time I used to study and trace these drawings .
My father had seen my intrest and provided me with types of tools for drawing and from that point on I knew where I was headed.
All through out high school I entered competitions, winning numerous awards in illustration. I won several Gold Keys (placing higher than 1st place) and a "Hallmark Nominee Award".... and had a portrait displayed in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington D.C. (Thanks Mr." E.")
I received a scholarship to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and when I returned home, looking for a job, destiny intervened, enter John Dalton of "John's Custom Art Center". He took me in under his wing and taught me airbrushing and an art form of detailing techniques that I never seen. He shared all of his knowledge and skills with me knowing that one day his endeavors would take him in a different direction. When he left the area, I began flying solo and opened "Denise Moyer's State of-the-Art Design." - Today that was 25 years ago!
In those early years I started doing signs for contractors, lettering vans and company trucks . I slowly began with more pictorial work with contractor designs. I was them contacted by a few local body shops for mural work. This got my attention focusing more on murals. Two friends of mine who raced drag bikes had me paint their bikes and that sparked my interest for motorcycles, which is now 80% of my work load.
Over the years I've done an array of projects ranging from portraits to hand painted mirrors, things that roll, things that fly and things that just plain sit still.
I strive for perfection, creating one of a kind realistic "theme" based ideas.
I feel my buisness is still growning and reaching its level of success because I consider myself as the customer......when I take on a project, I put myself in their shoes and look to get the most detailed, exciting, end result, so when the customer leaves , they are speechless. With my high standard as the cornerstone , I try to comply with what I think the client would like, above and beyond, always focusing on realism - MAXIMUM DETAIL!
I've truly have come to learn that hands on experience is the best teacher. No matter how many mistakes you may make , they can be some of the best end results. It is not always an easy road to be on , but if you truly love what you are doing ....you grow with each experience. It' s all worth it when you see your product having crowds o f people around just studying your work saying "how did they do that?".
To produce works of art that fulfill the senses of on-lookers , is one of the greatest rewards of this profession., it is a God given talent.