Rick and his cousin Paula at the Indiana State Fair in August of 2001
The Year was 2001
In 2001, I was at a turning point in my life. I took a class in Introduction to Web Design with Jennifer Stewart. I orginally took the class as an elective for my art education degree. I had a choice between food and nutrition or this class. I chose this class as I felt it was more appealing. Little did I know I was about to enter the world of Computer Science. I started developing my first website in this class. This is how this website first started. I had been playing around with html before, but not like this. In this class we were learning how to develop a website from scratch using our html skills. My teacher really loved my artwork. She said you are one of the few students I have had that has an art ability and also can think logically about code. You must have a right and left brain. Most people have one or the other. Thats when it hit me that I really enjoy working with html, plus I could be creative in my web design. I decided then this is what I want to do for a living.