About the Artist

photo of the artist
Grace Metzger-Forrest

After graduating from the Art Institute, I animated children’s educational CD’s for a company called Knowledge Engineering in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. Pretty sweet job for just-out-of-school me, making dinosaurs hatch and bean seeds grow. We got Macromedia Director when it had just come out, and it was AMAZING compared to the pixel by pixel software we’d been using.

At Appletree Technologies, which became New Horizon Training Center, I was able to take classes in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator while working for their Multimedia Division. We made business presentations, hand shakes, bulleted text over images of colored fiber optics, that sort of thing.

From there I drove to DayStar Digital, producer of accelerator boards that made Photoshop fly, on the outskirts of Atlanta, in fact, way on the outskirts. (Thank you Flowery Branch for all those BBQ lunches.) A great job and the best teamwork. My creative director, Tim, loved to teach. I worked in Macromedia Director again, on an interface for their product line CD, which won a New Media Invision Bronze. I also illustrated products and enhanced photos. They shot their own product photos using a Hasselblad – so cool.

As a freelance artist, I’ve had the privilege to work for a lot of different clients on a lot of different projects. I’ve animated mutating cells for the CDC, created internal presentations in the basement of the Coca-Cola Corp., illustrated scenes for a video game about a cyborg armadillo (don’t ask!), and morphed JELL-O molds into JELL-O creatures for a screensaver for the Cartoon Network, as well as, created logos, ads, and book illustrations.

I currently live on the peninsula of Virginia, and work from a studio in the top of my house. When not working, I like to sketch portraits in oil pastel and photo-journal my flower and vegetable garden. My husband, daughter, and I have a junior-size farm with three goats, five chickens, and a tennis-ball loving black Lab named Wish. My favorite artists have always been Tasha Tudor for her sketches and Georgia O’Keefe for her bones. I love the idea of mixing metal and art, concepting and creating thumbnails, and my Mac.
Grace

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“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of Hosts.”  _Jeremiah 15:16