To an Engineer, good enough means perfect.
To an Artist, there's no such thing as perfect.
~ Alexander Calder
"Unconventional" is one way to describe the many paths I've taken. A formula-driven life just never sat well with me. To be sure, I've spent a lot of time trying to fit into molds that were never intended for me - and I've learned a great deal from from those attempts. Chalked up to the list of life-lessons, those experiences broadened my perspectives and provided insights into aspects of human existence for which I'm now quite grateful.
Having grown up across 3 continents, mellowed into being a father/husband and matured in both corporate and individualized creative arenas, I consider myself fortunate for the deeply diverse pool of experience, insight, viewpoints, wisdom, values and individuals I now get to draw upon and continue learning from.
Art and creativity have always been foundational elements of who I am. That being said (after enrolling in college to study Commercial and Fine Art), I took many side-trips and detours along the way to where I am now. These tangents included such things as Giant Pumpkin Sculpting, IT Consulting, Workflow Analysis, Computer Programming, Graphic Design, Systems Analysis/design, Custom Show Bike Painting (www.SickPuppyCustoms.com), Heuristics, Virtual & Remote Team/Project Management, Business Process Design (efficiency expert), Technical (multi-stage mixed gas) SCUBA Diving, Business Strategy Consulting, Mural Painting, Customer Experience Design, Branding and various types of Writing, to list just some of them.
The people I've been fortunate to meet, know and work with have covered the spectrum of personalities, preferences and viewpoints. Their professional mindsets have ranged from Fine Art to Process Engineering, Design to Fabrication, Automotive Manufacturing to Marketing, Entertainment to Banking, Business Strategy to Research & Development, Martial Arts to Foods, Wines to Sales - and many others.
At first glance, such experiences might not seem applicative to the creation of fine art. As it turns out, though, they were instrumental in teaching me a great deal (beyond business concerns) by expanding my understanding of people, the infinitely varied ways they can each think and the equally divergent perspectives they may each possess. These experiences gave me insights into worlds of thought and perception I could not have gained any other way.
I am both amazed and humbled by the range of personalities, values, mindsets, imagery and cultures I've been lucky enough to be immersed in. It has allowed me grow into the person I now am, with the diverse perspectives and broad understanding I enjoy as well as the wealth of creative energy I feel every day.
This intimately creative and deeply personal journey through artistic expression is the central path I've always been most closely aligned with and (next to my wife and I raising our children) the one I'm most grateful for.
1971 - The culture-shocks/awakenings of my youth began to build a growing understanding of people, thier differences and their similarities. At that time, my environments began to change a lot - moving between both coasts of the USA, then to Asia and Europe (living in Tokyo and London, and travelling extensively on both continents).
My growing insight into people, what makes them tick and how culture and society add to the infinite variety this produces was further nurtured by the awe-inspiring diversity of art, history, architecture and the visual cuing these environments exposed me to. I came to recognize subtextual connections between people, their art, their history, their architecture, their social surroundings and their intertwining cultural values. This awareness is part of how I look at my surroundings, now, and it has enriched my perception of the world, every day since. Without it, I could not create the work I do.
1981 - Although I began my formal college education with a focus on both Fine Art and Commercial Art, later detours took me into Business Information System Strategy and Workflow Analysis consulting. In those days, Information Systems were recognized as part art and part science - with a bit of psychology mixed in. Along with the other varied activities I found myself pursuing, consulting proved to be an easy (and lucrative) way to use both halves of my brain. There are still some vestiges of that in today's systems, but most will agree the industry has become much more commoditized - and perhaps less creative.
As disparate as some of the 'detours' were, I ALWAYS retained a personal focus on art, imagery and the seeming obviousness of 'visual meaning' everywhere one looks. Over time, I've come full circle, back to a fulltime focus on this lifelong passion and the continuous learning it has blessed me with. This has, indeed, been a long convoluted path - but, for me, it's one that could not have worked any other way.