I have had several dreams since childhood. The first was to become an ocean archeologist. Then, I realized how much schooling I would need, and how cold water was, and decided a mail man was a more reasonable goal. Hey, I was 8. Later, wanted to be a photographer, and dabbled in drawing and painting. Finally, I decided I should be a writer, and went to school for journalism. That went great until graduation. Finding a decent job was not easy, and I had become jaded against journalism. (How prescient.) I also had developed a love for the arts. Specifically visual arts and graphics. I explored different jobs and took classes in advertising. But I had developed this need to paint. I couldn't paint. I couldn't draw. But I saw myself in front of an easel. I imagined me painting.
I literally had a dream that I could become a painter. But, I had no money—for supplies, never mind school. I mentioned this to a friend. Soon thereafter a friend of her family died, and left a bunch of painting supplies. I became the recipient of these. It wasn't instantaneous, but after a few years, and playing a few times off and on, I was able to produce something not terrible. Soon after that, I was producing work that people wanted to buy off me. Success! Not really. It would take a LOT more time to get better.
Now, I am confident in my work. I still don't know what I'm doing, but the result is better! And with my confidence, has come a degree of speed. The more I paint, the faster and better I get. But, who has time to paint all the time? I have one of those things that helps pay bills: a job. And that takes a lot of time. The older I get, the more desperate I get to replace my job with a career as a working artist. Enter Patreon. I avoided joining for a while, because I didn't feel I had marketable content. But, I thought about it and realized I had a lot of content, if I just utilized it well.
So now I am offering exclusive content to subscribers in the form of micro-blogging, combined with a true blog and a photograph subscription. You get to watch my paintings evolve step by step, as well as receive collectible, framable photographs. I hope you enjoy!