What is it to be driven? I’m not talking about cars or being pushed into a situation out of your control, but to really be driven by a passion inside to the core. A creative drive so to speak, a point where if not released you can be irritable and a pain in the ass to be around, in my case.
I can only speak from my own experience, I’m sure there are thousands of ways others have expressed their own penned up creative juices. When I first began to sculpt, I was in my 40’s. It never really occurred to me to become a sculptor. Like most kids growing up, I built models, dioramas, doodles, cartoons and paintings, Just all around artsy kinds of stuff. My big dream was to become a professional modeler like my hero, the great, Sheperd Paine, who graced Monogram Model box covers with his builds and dioramas.
To make a long story short,
like most of us, as we grow up, life seems to replace a lot of our younger aspirations with debt, hunger and a place to live and many dreams are set aside.
In my case, it was my beautiful wife, military service, children and mortgage and many jobs (some as an artist) but mostly to cover costs and relatively unfulfilling work.
Fast forward to a few years ago, I was working at my present job and had a project that needed to be done outside of the shop. It needed to be built and finished at a bronze foundry (Arizona Bronze). While there I was given a tour throughout the foundry and all the different facets of creating a bronze sculpture. I looked around and said “I can do this” and thus began my trails of teaching myself how to create bronze works of art.
During the process I began to feel an interesting tug on my spirit. The creation process was transforming in sort of a meditation zen. Hours would fly by and at times it seems as though I was a bystander viewing the process. That’s when it hit me, this is what I’m here for.
I believe everyone has an innate talent or calling inside waiting to be discovered. Once unlocked it must be fed and nurtured. The drive to take it to the next level and the next and the next and so on.
That’s the feeling which drives me and the work.
Feel free to take a look around my website at the works of art that I have been driven to create, and please reach out if there’s anything that we can help you with.