Humorous as I try to be, sometimes
in the 'professional world' it may be all too easily misinterpreted.
For a large part it says I am comfortable with myself and willing to
make the best of what life offers. Sometimes it works, the rest of the
time I have to keep talking to cover for my own bumbling idioms. I have
worked in a professional office setting for several years now and have
always 'side lined' as an artist in an attempt to keep my skills keen
for the day I took the jump into a new career. (I related allot to Bob
in The Incredibles.)
I do like to call myself an artist and then narrow the field by
saying I do illustration. Then the inevitable question as to what is
my style of 'art'. It seems that when you say your an artist many people
expect the atypical painter. Its not that its embarrassing to say I
draw comic book style artwork, but that there is this misconception
that those of us that draw upon this style are something less of an
artist. I have to assure most that indeed this is work and something
that I have exercised and practiced on to gain this 'talent'.
As a practice I have drawn since I was too young to remember.
My parents, having had several offspring before myself, allowed me and
encouraged my interest in 'art'. So it all began when someone said hey
you drew that Garfield really well. That positive feedback allowed me
to grow and express myself through artistic mediums. I would continue
to draw and sketch over the years all through high school and up into
the Alberta college of art. Talent is fostered, encouraged and developed
over years of repeated work. Its not a magical ability we are born with.
Nurture your loves and be passionate and they will become great.
Meeting the challenges in life is not beyond suspect of anyone.
Adversity is a part of life and its how we approach it that makes or
breaks us. I could reiterate dozens of other cliché like proverbs
that everyone already has in there repository of things said to them
when it got tough. Having a single event that causes a marked amount
of stress is a relative challenge most will relate to. Being in a traffic
accident, catching a nasty virus that puts you in bed for a week, these
types of things are definitive set back in how we progress, however
they are easily overcome with time.
Recently I've had to recover from having a massive surgery to
remove a tumorous growth in my chest. I had three ribs removed and some
minor spinal surgery. Recovery is difficult, but in time I will be well
and almost as good physically as I was before the surgery. This little
obstacle in life has opened some mental space and forced me to recon
with my future. It's those moments that makes or breaks you and I have
had too many events in life break me, this time I had enough and will
not let this put me down.
Its in this adversity that I have
found opportunity to work on this website and mentally prepare myself
for going all out for my dreams. I still have a family to support, (daughter
Elycia), but they are loving and supportive of my work as an artist
(cough to a degree). I know I will find many more challenges over the
next short while, but as I approach them, I'm going to gather as much
energy and take as many tools from good supportive people as I can to
tackle what adversity lies ahead.