I love solving a problem. Doesn’t matter what it is. I enjoy thinking outside the box. For me, it’s about helping people. It’s about leaving the world a better place. It’s never about the fame or fortune. It’s about the Art.
What did the Fellowship or Laureate mean to you at the time you received it?
It was an acknowledgement of the level of excellence I was trying to provide for my clients in my lighting designs.
What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?
I feel my career in lighting design has come full circle. I was proud of the level of success I enjoyed from being an independent designer - from when I received my award to my recent career as the owner of a California C-Corp, with approximately 25 employees providing lighting and event design services for 100 events and shows annually. To see samples of my work, go to: www.ItsAboutTheArt.com After enjoying my professional lighting career for the past 25 years, I am now in the process of returning to school to pursue a new business career in Management Information Systems. In my spare time, the creative artist in me enjoys making works of art at TechShop San Jose.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?
Trust in your gut and your own design aesthetic. Be comfortable in your craft and confident in your creativity. The only people you need to please are the person who hired you and yourself. Find the clients that love you as you are.
Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?
under funded, but richly creative
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