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J.Bird Cremeans

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." - Pablo Picasso J.Bird Cremeans was born and raised in Huntington WV. While attending a high school that had the best art program in the state at the time, she met an art teacher named Marlalie Boyd and so began her art career. Ms. Boyd and her fellow art teachers were so talented at helping their art students secure scholarships that they were very well known by the major art colleges and universities on the eastern side of the U.S. J.Bird recieved a partial scholarship to attend the Art Institute of Pittsburgh to study animation. After graduating and returning home, she was disapointed to discover that the high school art program that was so well known had been shut down in favor of the "No Child Left Behind" Act and a focus on test scores. J.Bird has since gotten involved in reaching out to kids and adults who are denied art in their schools or find it lacking in the area. "I couldn't imagine being in school today. I would be so depressed that I couldn't do what I love - art and music." While she did not recieve a degree in the Education field J.Bird has found a love for it perhaps taking after her father who is a guitar/banjo teacher who also fell in love with teaching. "I feel as though teaching can come from the heart if you truly let it. I discovered I loved it when I started teaching a Photoshop class at the local community college. The feedback and learning experience I got from that was incredible." J.Bird works out of her home studio spending many hours creating art and sharing it with the world through her various websites and art fairs in the area. Current employers include Chick-fil-A, Precision Printing, Glenn's Sporting Goods, AK Steel, Kanawaha County Ambulance Authority, Ashland Community and Technical College, and Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington WV.
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