(mĕt′ə-fôr′, -fər) Noun
1. A figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comparison
2. One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol
I’ve got an awful lot to learn and I’m okay with that. In fact, I’m ecstatic about it!
Five years ago, in search of a creative outlet, I grabbed a brush and started slinging paint. There were no grand visions, no certain end point. Rather, it was a parallel to the rest of my life in that I just wanted to challenge myself to explore something new and unique. I just wanted to tinker, build, create, and simply try to figure something out.
Without pedigree or care, I threw myself into the unknown and down a path that would reap unconceived benefits. What started as a creative outlet without risks, judgement, or preconceived notions quickly turned into an extended exercise in self-discovery, deep learning, significant challenge, and abundant joy.
I’m a sucker for symbolism and journey so, coincidentally, my artistic path sounded a great deal like my life path. Just as I continue learning to be the best father, husband, son, and brother (with -in-law added, as appropriate) I can, my parallel artistic path helps fulfill a vital part of making me whole. Those experiences run in tangent and, surprisingly enough, aren’t that dissimilar: The more you learn the greater the thirst is for further, more complicated pursuit. Blocks build on one another and, without the foundation of support, dedication, struggle, perseverance, and the curious pursuit for knowledge, there is no gain.
I’m fortunate to say I have family, friends, and collectors that provide unwavering support and let me fill up spaces on walls with paintings that continue to speak metaphorically about my personal and professional growth, absolute enjoyment, and immense satisfaction.
I can’t wait to see what is next!