Today is the first Monday in 30+ years that I haven’t had to “go to the office”. Last Thursday, my career in technology came to an end when the contract I’ve been working on for the last six years was cancelled. While many would get upset over losing a job, I am treating it as the opportunity to finally do what I’ve wanted to do for years – work for myself from home. I’m excited to say that as of today, I am a full time artist and photographer!
Art has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I managed to spill the “no spill” paints I had when I was five years old. In elementary school, one of my favorite things to do was help the teacher mix the tempera paints then paint masterpieces on giant sheets of newsprint. I still have one of the first oil pastels on canvas board that I created on June 9, 1971 (I dated it on the back), and a watercolor I did in art class in high school.
The photography bug hit me in fifth grade. Who knew that the film that I was “wasting” taking pictures of the trees and mailboxes would be my introduction to photographic art. Unfortunately, I don’t have those images, but I do have the first image I remember taking when I was eight years old. It’s of my parents and was made with my mom’s Herco Imperial box camera. You can see it on my blog if you’d like.
I’ve been seriously doing art and photography part time for several years. I have attended numerous classes and seminars, and entered lots of competitions, to improve my craft. I’ve also been part of several photography groups and organizations, such as Professional Photographers of America and the Professional Photographers of East Tennessee. The friends I’ve made and the knowledge I’ve gained by being a part of these organizations has helped me to realize that I can achieve my childhood dream of being an artist.
So today the new chapter begins. I’ve already had my dog, Skipper, outside modeling for me this morning. My “to do” list is so long that I may have to work 80 hours this week to avoid working 40 hours for someone else. Isn’t that one of the definitions of an entrepreneur?
If you would like to commission me to create Art for Your Heart ™ custom portraits or artwork for your home, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to check out my photography and painted portraits, please visit my blog and website.
I look forward to creating something special to preserve your memories!