Art has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Being able to elicit emotion from someone simply by brushing a streak of pigment and oil across a piece of fabric can be empowering. At an early age I could be found with a pencil and pad of paper in hand. In my teens, I played with oil paint, then moved on to 2D and 3D digital art after college, dabbled in sculpting in my early forties, and finally passed through acrylic paints only to settle back into oil paint once again.
Oil paint feels alive to me. It can be pushed, prodded, streaked, and steered. But no matter what you do to it, it will remain true to your intent. I find it a fascinating medium with which to create. It's by far the easiest I've played with, but truly the hardest to master. It's for these reasons, I feel drawn to commanding it.
The question we all have is, "What is the meaning of life?" I believe the meaning is to have a purpose. Otherwise, we are born only to consume and that, to me, is tragic. My purpose is not to simply to create, but also to teach. Passing on knowledge and skills to help someone improve their lives, and hopefully the lives of others, is the reason I was put here. In order to teach, I must learn. Whether it's music, art, martial arts, fitness, cooking, writing, or whatever facet of life interests me, I learn it to the best of my ability and then pass it along as soon as I'm able. Seeing others improve their lives is truly joyous.
Below are links to my other sites:
(personal training business)
Mike With A Mic
(glorified karaoke site)