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"Brothers For Life", 24x18", pencil on paper, 2016

Thank YOU: 10 Portrait Commissions In 10 Months

Libelulle D'Amour

“Libellule D’Amour”, 11×14″, pencil on paper, 2016

In 2013, I made a big career change. After 17 years, I stopped working in the Film and TV business (in Special Effects, prosthetic make-up, modelmaking and set sculpture), with the intension of increasing the quality of my life, and also I wanted give back more to the community.

In early 2013, I started taking my training courses to become a CrossFit and Gymnastics trainer, whilst still working full-time on my last few film productions. It was an intense and exciting period. In November 2013, at the end of my last film contract, I took on a full-time position as a CrossFit and Gymnastics Trainer. There was, and still is, a lot to learn in my new field of work, and because of the work load, and the volume of training I had committed myself to as an athlete, there was no time to spend in my art studio for the best part of three years.  Last year, in July 2015, after a lot of hard work re-training, I decided to get back to my artistic side and set my mind to continuing production on project YOU. 

It started off as a weekend occupation, and then at the beginning of this year in 2016, the urge to make Art again became too powerful to ignore. So, I re-structured my schedule to dedicate more studio time to my Art, by cutting down my hours as a trainer. It was a little nerve-wracking at first, but since I made that choice, I have had a steady flow of commissions come in, month by month.

“Live To Tell The Tale”, 11×14″, pencil on paper, 2016

Working as a Trainer, and living the life of an athlete, amongst other things, has taught me a lot about, the Human Condition and people, about who I am, and about running a business. The most valuable thing I have learned over the past three years is confidence. Between giving people classes as a Trainer, and participating in competitions as an Athlete, I have been prepared more than anything I have done before, to believe that I can really do whatever I set my heart and mind to, and  live my dream supporting myself as an artist without “selling out”, and being true to my core values.

In fact since I took up my pencils and brushes again in 2015, I have had 10 portrait commissions in the past 10 months.

I felt this to be a perfect moment to say a big thank you to the people who have helped support my artistic development, and as a consequence, the continuation of project YOU. I am truly grateful for this, and I am excited to keep on going, step by step, art-work by art-work, to finish my book:  YOU, and towards fulfilling my goals as an artist.

If you would like to know how you can become part of this project, or to place a comission, please send me an email