I am a life-long artist and writer, and on this site you will find my art, writing, and motivation for finding creative professional work.
I have worked as a fine artist, graphic artist, creative writer and technical writer, as an independent business owner and an employee. My most fulfilling work happened to coincide with the beginning of our latest recession. Poor timing, I suppose, but so far one of the brightest moments of my life.
In April 2007, a friend and I celebrated the opening of Art on Boston, a multi-use space with gallery, classrooms, and artists’ studios in historic downtown Chandler, AZ. At the time it was a miracle to stand in the center of the completed 3,000 square foot space with 17-foot high ceilings of original pressed tin, and know that we had taken an idea, developed it from beginning to end, and made it a reality.
Art on Boston closed it doors in April 2010, just three years after opening. A short time as businesses go, but I learned more in those three years about myself, life, relationships and business than I had ever before or have since.
I was able to turn to my technical side and find work afterwards, but what happens after you’ve reached and passed what you thought was your life’s goal? You find a different target, which I have and towards which I am working now. I hope to someday publish a book about my experiences and about some of the amazingly creative resilience of people – artists and non-artists alike.
Hi Wendy, I find it ironic that you masquerade as a technical writer, while that is actually my calling, or part of it anyway. But we both use it as a means to an end: in my case, it’s also a paycheck that allows me to help out our kids with their raising of the children of their own. A way to pay forward the love and aloha that we received from our families while our children were young. And a way to spend time with our new generation, watching in awe of what great parents and adults in general our own children have become. Thank you for inviting us on FB to view your blog.
Thank you, Terri. You are so right – my day job is my own way of giving to my wonderful family – and showing my love. I think we all have a relatonship with the concept of ‘work,’ that I never considered when my Dad was working to provide for me.