Our Comprehensive Website: Artofwildlife.com
By Wes Siegrist
It’s hard to believe that artofwildlife.com has been online 17 years already. We had previous websites featuring our work online a year or so before launching artofwildlife.com and even now we have various groups and pages around the internet that highlight us and our work. Combined, these all still far short of the nearly exhaustive content on artofwildlife.com today. We thought we’d share some background on the website’s development and some insights on what can be discovered searching its current pages.
In the mid-1990s website development was limited for the technically disadvantaged. Yep, that was us. We actually sat in front of our first business computer for a few minutes trying to determine where to turn it on! We planned to use the computer for mostly three purposes: databases, newsletters and a website. The latter was certainly the most challenging despite having what seemed like a fairly simple WYSIWYG editor. (Also known as “What You See Is What You Get”) The problem we soon discovered, was that WYSIWYG editors didn’t always display websites that same on various browsers. Sometimes it would look great on one, yet jumbled all together atop elements on another. Surely there had to be a better way!
With that quest in mind I had asked Rachelle to search for a book for dummies on building websites while she was “in the big city” shopping with her mom. I’ll admit, I was dismayed and daunted to be handed “Teach Yourself HTML in 24 Hours” later that evening! I recall telling Rachelle it looks like Greek. (Truthfully, learning the Greek alphabet around that same time I found an easier task!) However, the book demonstrated why browsers had issues with WYSIWYG editors and claimed to be able to solve the problem. I learned HTML.
For brevity’s sake it will have to suffice to say “I was learning HTML” would be more accurate. It seems something always needed tweaking and coding was being altered by the powers that be to make it more efficient. Years later, ominous warnings came out that HTML was being deprecated and mostly replaced by CSS. I learned CSS …ditto, still learning it! Needless to say, the website has consumed a great deal of my time which was compounded by me taking on the responsibility as webmaster for over a dozen groups and individuals since 2000. Now, I’m paring down those responsibilities so I can paint more … and play. I still find it enjoyable to maintain artofwildlife.com and actually prefer going there for finding out specifics about our career to digging through filing cabinets for the same information. So, what can you find at our website?
1. Foremost, our artwork! Paintings are arranged by category as best we can: Birds, Butterflies, Fish & Reptiles, Floral & Still Life, Landscapes, Mammals, Portraits and Commissions. We also have a page that features older miniature paintings: Archived Gems
2. Exhibit Schedule: Where you can see our work in person and where you can come meet us!
3. Biography: Twenty-five plus years of career together and pretty much everything you might ever want to know about it including an annual listing of the 700+ shows we’ve done and more!
4. Awards: They number in the hundreds already and grow annually … yes, we often compete against each other!
5. Publications: This page is an attempt to comprehensively list all the PR we’ve received on us and our work to date.
6. Books: We’ve published several and have more in the works. Do you have copies?
7. Testimonials: Read what our collectors, art professionals and peers have to say about our art!
8. The EXQUISITE MINIATURES Tour: A page highlighting this record breaking, history-in-the-making tour of our miniature paintings. (Links to installation photos and more can be found on other pages linked at the bottom of this one)
9. Step-by-step Paintings: How do we do it? Check here to see or follow us on Facebook for more.
10. There’s More: Yes, more on miniature art, miniature art history, online resources … and it can all be accessed via the Sitemap!
And don’t forget … you can subscribe to this blog to get an email each time we update it, you can sign up for our bi-monthly email newsletters, and you can “Like” our page on Facebook. All of these give you the opportunity to join us vicariously in our personal and business adventures and see our latest work without waiting for a show to arrive in your area.
A Heartfelt Thanks to all who are part of our family of collectors and friends!
~ Wes & Rachelle ~