Choosing to pursue art was not an easy decision. I initially moved out to Utah to peruse a degree in nursing. I was passionate about learning and was reading anything I could get my hands on in relation to the field of medicine. In freshman year I could often be caught spouting out randomly generated medical facts, much to my roommate’s annoyance. This was the beginning of what I thought my life would be like.
I’ve always been a fan of Ray Bradbury. He is one of my top 20, maybe even top 10, authors (and considering my “to read” list is over 200 books long, that is high praise). He has provided a lot of brilliant information and insight to the world. This quote in particular stuck with me. “You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.”
I use to be petrified of failure. So much so that when choices would come up I would refuse to make a move. I would just sit, waiting for a choice to be forced on me so that I wouldn’t make the wrong choice or choose an “OK” option while surpassing the better choice. Learning to overcome this fear is important for forward progression both in life and with art. Read more
“The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.” ~Orson Welles
I found Phil Hansen’s website at http://philinthecircle.com/ during high school. His art was inspirational, creative, and pushed the limits. It never failed to amaze me with its weekly updates of completely new and mind blowing projects.