On Wednesday, February 11th, 2004 I made the decision to quit my job and become an artist. It happened on my lunch break while I was at the Seattle Art Museum watching Christian Marclay’s Video Quartet installation – a series of four unrelated but synchronized videos projected onto four contiguous screens. I was mesmerized, and massively jolted into the realization that I wasn’t doing work that mattered to me.
At that time I was a partner at a prominent Seattle design firm, leading interactive projects for technology and consumer brands. All signs pointed to a successful and notable career. Except I was depressed, and wracked with the feeling that I wasn’t following my calling – to create original art that inspires, entertains and moves people. So, with the (cautious) support of my wife, I quit and set out on a 13-year journey to find my voice and create art that is uniquely my own.
Since that time, I’ve supported myself with various day jobs in advertising, design and technology consulting while creating numerous art projects along the way. I wrote a novel about a know-nothing life coach on a mission to help lost souls find their spirit animals via the ashes of his grandfather’s left hand, I produced three podcast series, and I wrote and performed a one-man comedy show as that know-nothing life coach. Then, five years ago, while getting ready for bed, I stumbled on an approach to art that incorporates analog collage, mobile photography, wheat paste and acrylic paint. The results were odd, moody and dimensional. I called it “Artsmashing”, and it’s become the unrelenting focus of my art practice today.