The Art Journal

For our 2016 family Christmas card, we decided to go with a “New York holiday window” theme! We saw several of these displays a few weeks ago while in NYC, and  thought it would be a great idea for as our card. Here’s the final image (click to view larger): BTS Photos Of course, none […]

Hustle. Grind. Donkeywork. Elbow grease. They all pretty-much mean the same thing. I follow quite a few people that preach on the power of hustle. Probably the king right now is Gary Vaynerchuk. His videos and posts are entertaining, informative, and can leave you with the distinct taste of ‘I suck’ at the end of […]

So, what’s the purpose of this blog? Of this site? After all, my photography site has somewhere around 500 blog posts since its inception several years ago (not a huge number, but nothing to sneeze at either. Side note: who sneezes at things they don’t like anyways?). This new site is a journey for me, […]

A lot of times we hear about people that are ‘lucky’ in their career. They might be lucky because they know someone, or because they have some particular skill set, or for some other reason.

For a long time now I’ve been a believer in “preparing for luck”. But what does this mean? The idea is pretty simple: instead of waiting for things to happen, or hoping for things to happen, I try to do things that will put me in the best position for success if and when I get ‘lucky’. It’s a philosophy I think has helped me a lot over the last several years. Let me give you a practical example.

When I was in 5th grade, I had a wonderful teacher named Ms. Guelpa. She stands out as one of my few childhood teachers that I distinctly remember. One day, I remember drawing a picture of a car in her classroom. I don’t remember if it was part of an art class, or if I was just doodling. But I remember getting a lot of compliments on that drawing, and it’s my earliest memory of creating something that was cool.

Since then, art has always been part of my life on some level. During some years, it’s been a really small part – others, greater. It’s taken different forms too – drawing, music, and photography. But no matter the form, I’ve always tried to make sure that my art is mine first – i.e. I’m creating something that I’m genuinely interested in.