When you change your name after many years of it identifying a body of work, it can become quite interesting.
I've been an artist for all of my life. Somewhere along the line, fortune smiled on me and my work was given much exposure. I have to thank the American Rottweiler Club for this because they gave me an opportunity to create the illustrations for the Rottweiler Illustrated Standard, work which began in 1990. I also must thank Colonial Rottweiler Club because their 1991 event was the first time that I publicly marketed my work. It began with hand painted t-shirts which were quite different than any others which were being offered, and they were priced much lower than was practical. This was great news for my customers, not so profitable for me, but I learned and the business grew through experience. That was the important part, and the launch of what would become known as Argostar. From there, I traveled the country, visiting all but 3 states, and set up a booth to market those hand painted shirts. The product line expanded to digital prints and shirts. People also realized that I did commissioned portraits and had done the work for the Rottweiler Illustrated Standard, so that side of the business grew at the same time.
While at a show in Georgia, twenty plus years ago, an interesting thing happened. My set up was placed next to a vendor with signs and a handsome Belgian Sheepdog. He (the vendor) wasn't so bad either. We became friends. It wasn't until more than a year later that circumstances had changed for both of us, and we began traveling the country together, marketing our products and spending a lot of time in Ford dealers while vehicles were begin repaired. We set up a life together. There was very little time to take in most of the country between shows, but we managed to visit a few very interesting places. The photos were taken with a Sony Mavica digital camera, complete with a floppy drive. Click on them for a larger view of some of the adventures.
This brings me to the name change part. After 21 years of however they currently refer to this type of relationship, we married. I took his name, so became Jeanne Williamson. Do you have any idea how complicated it is to change this bit of information when you have years of accounts, subscriptions, and business associations behind you? I like a challenge! You begin with Social Security, then drivers' license, etc. The drivers' license, plus vehicle and voter registration took 9 minutes. Ironically, it is the minor changes that take the longest and I'm still working on them.
So when you see the name Jeanne Flora and my name is now Jeanne Williamson, know that it is one and the same. If you are curious, you can visit Donald Williamson's web site at Whereswillie.com.