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I am an artist by education and nature and software developer by career. As both a left (46%) and right (54%) brained person, I feel both blessed and cursed. Blessed because I can see the creative process in almost anything, many things people wouldn't even think of as being creative. Cursed because both sides struggle to be "dominate" and neither ever succeeds.

Robert Henri, in "The Artist's Spirit" wrote:

"Art when really understood is the providence of every human being. It is simply a question of doing things, anything well. It is not an outside, extra thing. When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressing creature. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and he opens ways for better understanding. Where others who are not artists are trying to close the…

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  • Born on October 20
  • Joined August 11, 2011

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beads, gemstones, wire, watercolor, pencil, ink, vintage, textiles, fiber, digital media, books

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About

I am an artist by education and nature and software developer by career. As both a left (46%) and right (54%) brained person, I feel both blessed and cursed. Blessed because I can see the creative process in almost anything, many things people wouldn't even think of as being creative. Cursed because both sides struggle to be "dominate" and neither ever succeeds.

Robert Henri, in "The Artist's Spirit" wrote:

"Art when really understood is the providence of every human being. It is simply a question of doing things, anything well. It is not an outside, extra thing. When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressing creature. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and he opens ways for better understanding. Where others who are not artists are trying to close the book, he opens it, shows there are still more pages possible."

As artists, I believe we start the creative journey, large or small, at one point, proceed in a meandering explorative way, and end up at a completely different point than we set out, than we expected. In the bigger picture of Life, the journey never really ends, our destination is just one more point from which we start a new journey, and all the shorter "journeys" make up a longer one; kind ‘a like a fractal, in a never ending creative evolution we call Life.

In many ways I have lead my life in this way, trying something and if it doesn't work out, try something else, until a fit is found. Even though I earned by Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin more than 20 years ago, my career path has ventured away from the arts. I have spent the past 20 years developing web-based software for a living, and in large part enjoy the creative process of solving the puzzles and design issues that such work demands.

So here at this point, I find myself beginning a new journey, or taking up an old one, coming back to my artistic roots. My artistic interests at the moment lay mostly in exploring jewelry making, reconnecting to the book constructions I used to create (think Joseph Cornell's boxes only in books), and expressing the spiritual through art journaling, drawing and watercolor painting. This Etsy experience has started off as part of an experiment, and is growing into something bigger than expected. The journey has just begun and I eagerly move forward to see what's around the next turn, what pages are ahead to explore and be discovered...

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