FROM RUNNING A FACTORY TO MAKING ART

FROM RUNNING A FACTORY TO MAKING ART


– I was kind of made to feel like you were a second class
citizen if you didn’t study pre-med or engineering,
so I, ok so I took, I decided on product design
because that seem somewhat art related, you know
a little bit creative. So I embarked on a
product design major but three years into it I just
decided that was not for me. And my dad asked me to come
go back and work for him and I ran a factory, I
ran a garment factory for two years for 800 employees, so I was, it was an interesting experience. And then I decided, okay, I
really want to concentrate on art, you know, me making art. After I ran out of classes to take, basically, people say, “You
should just, just paint.” Just do it on your own. So I tried to, but, you know I got stuck. So I just sort of put that aside I didn’t do it for many years. And then I would volunteer in the schools and that kind of thing. So I kind of was able
to work through that, and I got enough confidence to do my first open studios. So I worked really, really
hard, I had forty pieces and I sold sixteen. So selling
sixteen pieces in two days I was, you know thrilled.
So that got me very excited. So a group of abstract
artists found me and asked me if I wanted to join their
group. I joined the group and its been really, its
actually been kind of fun and, it also turned out that they already had a show lined up. So I got into a show! And
at the end of the show somebody from a gallery approached me and said they liked my art. And she actually emailed
me, and I emailed her back. So things just happened!
You just never know! You do one thing, and then something, one thing leads to another. And I’m just, I’m really thrilled! But I learned a lot of,
there are a lot of principles that I learned that has
moved my work along. I, lately have been working
on really large pieces and I just don’t have
enough space in my studio. But I really feel like, I’ve
discovered how I want to work. And I don’t think I, I was there yet, when I kept getting stuck. I
just didn’t, I was just stuck. And now, like I, I just
keep painting and painting and I finally, like I,
there’s actually a direction. I can see there’s a direction
that I’m heading towards. So that feels good.

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