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Art imitating life?

Ivy Vogel

Bob and Gayla Wilson are retired, but they haven’t slowed down. Before retirement, Bob worked in law enforcement and practiced art photography while being a cop, and Gayla was an optician.”I had a lot of elderly patients, and I realized that I enjoyed listening to their stories more than I enjoyed getting them glasses,” said Gayla.After listening to her patients tell their life stories, Gayla decided to develop a way to preserve their memories.Gayla noticed that many people, including her husband Bob, have shoe boxes full of memorabilia that they might look at once a year. Using their creative talents, Gayla and Bob put together “visual biographies.”Visual biographies are wall art that act as a compilation of memories. The Wilsons collect the memorabilia, scan the images into a computer and design the wall art.Visual biographies are very popular for retirement and memorials, Gayla said.”What resulted is what we affectionately call The Wilson Fusion or When Spouses Collide,” said the Wilsons. “We combine fine art photography with cutting edge digital imaging.”Business Name: Wilson Digital DesignOwner: Bob and Gayla WilsonAddress: Battlement MesaOpen Hours: Our studio is located at our home so we pretty much do business at our clients’ convenience.Phone: 285-2303Fax: NoneE-mail: gaylawilson@yahoo.comYears in business: 7 Number of employees: 2Is this a franchise? No.What do you do? We work with photographic images to create unique artistic perspectives for our clients. We focus on color and innovative technology to get an artistic end result. Who are your customers? Collectors of fine art and clients interested in visual biographies to preserve memories for eternity.What’s unique about your business? Everything is customized and all of our pieces are one of a kind.What has been your most successful offering? Having people enjoy and buy our fine art is greatly satisfying; however, creating visual biographies is what makes my heart sing: to know that we have created a beautiful work of art that is preserving memories or visualizing family stories; to know that we have helped future generations keep the precious family memories alive, in the heart as well as a piece of art to be handed down in the years to come.What’s next for your business? We have several art shows coming up where we will be showing our fine art as well as demonstrating and explaining our visual biography concept.Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext. 534ivogel@postindependent.com


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