My husband and I will celebrate our seventh anniversary later this year, but we've actually known each other quite a bit longer than that.
We met in an online chat room, back when they were all the rage, and maintained a long distance relationship for four years, before our wedding in 2007.
During that time Eric introduced me to the digital art programs Bryce and DAZ and, encouraged by his sister, also a prolific digital artist, I got hooked!
"Here Without You" is one of my earlier digital artworks, created in DAZ 3D. I created it on a long night sitting at home alone listening to our special music on iTunes.
Not surprisingly, given the title I finally gave it, I was listening to "Here Without You" by Three Doors Down when I came up with the idea for this piece.
I wanted to convey the longing I myself was feeling, waiting for Eric's next visit or the day we could finally be together forever.
If you look closely, you'll see that she has an actual photograph of my then fiance balanced on her lap -- thanks to the wonders of 3D graphics programs I was able to apply the photo to a small rectangular plane and then position it on her lap like a much loved portrait.
Even now when I look at this piece, it really takes me back to those days and everything it took for us to meet, get together and finally be able to marry.
Not all online relationships work out, but I'm very happy that ours worked out so well.