We've had the pleasure of working with über talented painter, Paul and his fabulous milliner wife Amy on several occasions. These two are a creative duo unlike any other - about whom we've said multiple times "I wanna be like them when I grow up." Paul and Amy recently moved from a rolling farm in Granville to the new Wonder Bread Lofts in downtown Columbus. The space is a perfect transition for them as they hope to build a home with accommodating studios for their respective arts in the next few years. But they're not in any rush and I think that's something we can all take away -- these two work hard and enjoy what they do but at the same time their schedule reflects how much they value each other and their family. Meet Paul - he's great.
We are very interested in how creative folk balance work + family/friends. How do you manage time for all of the important things and people in your life?
Managing time for everything can be an art form in itself. I don't feel creative people can ever turn off their creative drive. I have found that this can be a blessing. Throughout our days we are always being informed of our potential creative ventures. The best way to make the most of creative living is not to compartmentalize our creativity into "when I'm working vs when I am not".
Much of our creativity happens when we are visiting, eating, walking and laughing. This allows time for all things. Staying open to inspiration and living in the present make it possible for creative projects to emerge, as they must.
Memories of being creative as a kid?
My childhood was one of endless creative experiences. I was fortunate to grow up in Cocoa Beach, Florida during mans race to the moon. I believe this had an impact on me as a child. Forever exploring and looking upward I embraced the world around me.
Where are you gaining inspiration currently?
Inspiration usually come in many forms, but during the Spring I feel the burst of life move something inside of me and I feel a desire to connect with my childhood explorer self.
How does your experience as a painter affect the way you see the world?
I see the world as most painters would. I look to the events and places of our world as material to use to connect a story that lives somewhere within.
Being your own boss can be a tricky thing. What is your favorite thing about being an artist?
Well I guess being able to answer the call of inspiration as it comes. This is a blessing.
What has been challenging and how are you overcoming those challenges?
Artists overcome challenges everyday. The very idea of making something appear from our imaginative self into the world for all to appreciate, enjoy or criticize can be difficult. I have found the more things I do the better I get at magically making stuff appear.
Was there ever a point in your career when you wanted to throw in the towel? Can you describe how you overcame that time and kept going?
I have learned through lifes experience that nearly all of my troubles are of my own making. This is a good first step in moving forward. Acceptance of ourselves as artists may not be easy but it does help open the door for growth.
How do you friends/family encourage you?
Friends and family encourage me by being understanding and tolerant of the unstable person I am.
What colors get you most excited?
Colors of the ocean.
How do you take your coffee/tea?
I love coffee.
Most productive place to work?
Artists, I believe need a space to let creative work expand and flourish. A space that is dedicated to creating. A place where interruptions are few and the mind is at ease to encourage ideas to come forth.
Favorite place to visit for rest?
I love Martha's Vineyard for a good boost of good feelings.
How do you unwind from the busyness of daily life?
Listening to music in my car is a good way to unwind for me.
You can see more of Paul's fantastic work here.
We can't wait to see what you do next, Paul!