I have never made a normal Jack-O-Lantern. I have never made a snowman. I did make a John McCain-O-Lantern. I have made a snow phoenix.
Let’s just say I had a great childhood.
My parents raised all three of us to prioritize creativity in our lives. My mother used every school assignment and every holiday craft as a canvas for creativity. She challenged us to dig deeper for the zanier ideas, the greater creative challenges, and the ways to make these ideas manifest. My father devoted himself to supplementing our education with anything that would get our minds working in creative ways, whether it was a game of Brainquest, an excursion to a museum, the purchase of art supplies, or travel to new destinations. We were very blessed.
As an adult, I feel strongly about paying these gifts forward. My mission is to encourage others to realize their creative potential, to never settle for mainstream, and to have a ton of fun exercising their creative identities. This applies whether they are painting Easter Eggs or designing clean water solutions in the developing world. We are created creative; this means that we should always be making stuff and making culture.
This is a collection of some of my creative projects from the last 10 years, give or take. Not all of them are executed as well as I would like, but that’s not the point. With each of these I tried to stretch my mind and go out on a limb to try something new. Go and do likewise!