Here we go!

Hello art world!

My name is George Retkes and I welcome you to the first post of my 2019 Creative Pinellas Emerging Artist Grant Blog!

Firstly I’d like to thank Creative Pinellas for this wonderful opportunity. This is the first grant I’ve been awarded during my budding professional career and am very much looking forward to the whole experience along with its culmination in just a few months time. With all that said, let’s get busy!

While I primarily enjoy working in 3-D and manipulating physical materials I’ve been no stranger to playing with and learning various computer programs to aid in my creative endeavors. I’m sure most, if not all, that may read this are familiar with Adobe Photoshop and the slew of other programs they have released over the years. Ever since Adobe transitioned to a monthly subscription based cloud service for their programs I found myself searching for something else. About a year or so ago I came across Serif‘s Affinity Photo.

With the first disbursement of grant funds I promptly acquired the “Affinity Trinity”. It is a software suite which includes Photo (Photoshop), Designer (Illustrator), and soon-to-be-released Publisher (InDesign). One thing is for sure…. it’s always nice to have the right tools for the job. I’ve been enjoying jumping in and playing around with these newer programs. If you’re also not too big of a fan of Adobe’s monthly subscription costs I’d highly recommend checking them out!


I am currently in the process of finishing up a private commission for a client that was looking to have a creative solution for an external wall opening at their residence. We’ll jump into what it’s all about in my next post which will be coming later this week!


See you next time!

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