Lorenzo ( Host of the Psychedelic Salon Podcast) and me at a recent Art, Music and Conservation Festival.
Hi internet land! Welcome to the blog and site! After months of planning, building and testing I can finally release the site. Shortly, I will be launching the online shop as well. Since this is a new site and most aren’t familiar with who I am and what the focus of this site is, let me give a short introduction.
From 2005 to 2011 I had the singular focus on building my art portfolio to break into the film and gaming industry. I had a vague idea of what I enjoyed doing (at least I thought I did) and I was in the constant loop of art studies and training without really realizing what I wanted to say. Toward the end of 2011, I had the realization that this singular focus lost its appeal to me. I realized I wasn’t really living fully here and now and was constantly striving for the future, always thinking about the next thing and or project. I was out of balance in life; I was letting other areas in my life fall away such as my social life, health, and maintaining a curiosity about topics I felt I was ignorant of. Everyone does this at times throughout life. The ego tells us that we will have well being and happiness if only I obtain this skill level or I get this job or have this material possession. You’re constantly trapped in the future and/or the past- never fully present in today. Or even worse you reach the destination but realized once you got it, how long until you move on to something else? It wasn’t that I lost the appeal of doing art; it was really the means and reasons of why I was doing it. For me, the art I enjoyed the most are ones with a story behind it or something that connected with me emotionally and/or mentally.
I took a step back from art at this point and decided to explore other interests. I also focused on expanding friendships and created a balance with my mind and body. On the body aspect, I delved deep on how I can maximize my health and nutrition, to really get into fitness. On the mind aspect, I started to explore more books, podcasts, and audio books on topics I was passionate about and even new topics I knew nothing about but soon grew to enjoy.
After some time of exploring other interests, I thought to myself "Why not just simply merge doing art with the other interests I have? Also, why not focus on building personal projects which I can then create into paintings, prints, books and other services to help support myself?" More importantly than that, my journey now at least on the art front, is to be of service to others, to inspire others, to make art that matters about important topics that I believe in. Making art more than just for entertainment’s sake (not that there is anything wrong with that) but to create awareness, action, thought, and emotion- to make this world a slightly better place, as it sure needs it right now.
Some of the topics I’m merging with my art are philosophy, especially eastern philosophies, as well as exploring the crossing of science and spirituality. Other areas of interest are on social and political topics such as how we can change society and its systems for the better. Even though a lot of these topics are considered serious, I look to inject humor and entertainment aspects to these topics as well. The core focus of the site is to express my thoughts on a wide range of issues that I believe in and to express these issues within my art. Also, I would like to bring you along my journey through my art process and also share knowledge and helpful resources be it art related or otherwise. In the next few posts I’ll be showing some new artwork as well as the back story behind it. I will also be posting up my thoughts on art and business as well as the concept of mastery and flow to name a few so stay tuned!
I leave you with a quote from one of my favorite philosophers Alan Watts.
“…tomorrow and plans for tomorrow can have no significance at all unless you are in full contact with the reality of the present, since it is in the present and only in the present that you live.” - Alan Watts.