David Gell, webmaster and resource creator at jitterbrush.com, has been making and converting Painter brushes and other resources as far back as version 6 (around 1999), when Painter was then owned by a company called MetaCreations.
Having a background in metallurgy, David had an unusual introduction to Painter, as both a Macintosh computer and a copy of Painter 6 (amazingly in a paint can) were originally purchased for his wife. Hazel still preferred to paint traditionally however, so he picked up the challenge, rapidly developing an interest in both Apple Macs and Painter. Through research on the internet, David proceeded to join several Painter-centric forums and newsgroups, where his interest in creating new Painter brushes began to flourish. His first attempts were very basic, but the seed was planted. Having a Mac version of Painter, also meant that he could convert custom Painter resources between the two platforms, which was often necessary in those days.
In more recent years, David has acted as beta tester for Corel Painter, and now sits on the Advisory Council for the application. Jitter Brush is the latest of several earlier websites in which he shares his Painter resources and discoveries with fellow users from all over the world. Some of his peers even refer to him as the brush master, but he very modestly points out that he has successes and failures, just like anyone else.
In closing, David says it is the generosity, kinship and willingness of others to help each other within the Painter community that makes Painter so much more than just another software application.