About Triumphant Artists and the core ideas behind the network 

The Triumphant Artists Web Network is owned and operated by indie artist Matthew Lyles Hornbostel, age 33. [That's me] It's an assortment of interconnected websites showcasing my creative work made with some assistance by my various friends and family members. 

FOUNDING PRINCIPLES INCLUDE: 
 
-Low or no prices on items, with hopes of making up for miniscule per-item profits with large volume of interested viewers. The texture content alone in the Triumphant Artists Complete Collection would probably sell for $30 or more some places, but I sell that and a lot more for well under $5. 

-Aiming to satisfy every customer, even if the sale results in a financial loss... I have a strongly positive feedback rating on eBay because I will go to great lengths to rectify conflict with customers on eBay or other customers, even over-refunding on items or sending 3+ copies of the ordered item if needed. I've actually been operating at a loss there sometimes, actually frequently, and have recently been forced to revise shipping, pricing, and return policies slightly on eBay and Etsy to take into account the damage done by customers who exploited my overly generous refund policies and caused other customers' shipments to be delayed due to the fact that I suddenly did not have the money to ship their items! 

 -Getting things done efficiently and cheaply by being willing to work many low-paid or unpaid hours on projects just out of passion for the projects I care about and an overwhelming, possibly pathological desire to see those ideas realized. 
 
-Giving back to people in my life beyond customers, whether it's to friends, family... or donations to worthwhile causes. 
 
I've been making videos and art projects for most of my life. These websites and this 'business' are a way that I hope to eventually build a career doing the work I love doing. 
  
 
Who am I anyway? What is my raw, unvarnished confession? What do I actually believe in? 
 
I'm a University of Houston graduate with major in Communications/Media Production and Studio Art minor.
I graduated in the top 10% of my class with a GPA of 3.67 and Phi Kappa Phi honors. 
 
I grew up in Houston, Texas and have recently moved to Pennsylvania; notable Texas social circles included a lot of people from the churches I grew up attending and the local Eastwood scout troop [Troop 4] where I attained Eagle rank and where I volunteered and organized parties and activities as a scout leader for years afterwards. 
 
I began doubting the validity of organized religion around the age of 17, and started to question the existence of God - ultimately embracing agnosticism and a certain degree of spiritual ambiguity. I'm not willing to claim to know that there is a God or that there is none, because truthfully I have no objective proof of either case. 
 
I've been spending most of my time on creative projects as long as I can remember. I would draw all over my notebooks in middle school, and when at the age of 13 I gained access to an SD video camera and rudimentary editing software I inevitably began making video productions that became increasingly elaborate over time. I'm still hoping most of that will make it online in the next two or three years, along with a bunch of brand new projects. 
 
I'm determined to do something to stop illness because I know how much it [mental and physical illness] has been a problem for me and for others in my family, others throughout the world. And while I'm no doctor, I would like to actively support medical aid and medical progress. I've suffered a great deal in my life and have some deep-seated emotional weaknesses, and a severe tendency towards self-doubt, shame, depression, I have poor social skills in person, and just generally I'm often in a bad mood. While medication helps, it does not solve my issues, and it's largely been my experience that my own emotional turmoil is ongoing and unavoidable. So if I can't fix my own weaknesses, maybe I should focus on doing something for those whose illnesses actually can be healed. I don't believe in God, but I want to do something to make a difference in the world. My creative work, realistically, will not accomplish that, unless it goes somewhere [somehow] despite my stubborn insistence on business practices and ideals that actively reject financial success as foolish and misguided. I do not believe making money is my mission or my studio's, it's a necessary evil required to get creative work done.
 
Yeah, there's my confession, there's the truth as I see it. If you agree with any of what I'm saying, stick around, or don't - and I hope you'll donate to some worthwhile causes. Try looking at GiveWell.org and similar sites that analyze and review charities and identify the ones that are most effective and efficient in acheiving their stated goals. Try making a difference in the world, whether you continue viewing my websites/work or not, do try to do something useful and positive with your life.

The banner links at the bottom of each page include links to my own webpages, links to my storefronts/shops online, and occasional links to other [third-party] verifiably legitimate stores and services I've hand-picked, vetted, and used myself. 
That said, I'll openly disclose that when you buy something from another vendor using these links, for example, a link to Amazon.com, I will get a small fraction of the sale amount and will use that as a means of supporting and expanding the projects I'm working on here. These ads for other vendors, as well as - especially! - links to my own shops, are helping me keep these sites online and growing with new content on a more frequent basis.