You can rise up to the top
But even there you have to stop
Stop and pause and see
That the air below is free
A gift beneath your wings
Not found in selfish things
Not something that you’ve made
But something you’ve betrayed
Unless you’re giving thanks
To the thing that gave you lift
You’re only really floating
Never owning your own gift
I finally got into Portland on Friday and have been scurrying around looking for a place to live! So sorry if I haven’t replied to emails or messages. I’ve lost touch with the world for a bit while I get things set. I’m excited to be here and to have already met so many amazing people! I think it’s love at first site, Portland.
I’m currently working, from the kitchen table of a friend, on wrapping up the wedding invitation for my brother and his bride to be! I couldn’t be more excited for them as they start their own adventure soon. So much adventure.
The past year has been one of the most defining, exciting, and challenging years of my life. I’ve learned a lot about myself and a lot about people. I’ve made some amazing friends and created some great memories. This year has definitely had it’s ups and downs but for all of it I am grateful. It has prepared me in the best of ways for this next season of life.
A couple months ago I made the transition to full time freelance. That being said, I started considering some other cities. Why not? So right now I’m on the road driving up the coast to Portland, the soon to be home of Yondr Studio. I’m excited about what lies ahead and for all the new adventures that will come of it.
So please pardon all of the landscape shots for the next week as I journey up there. Im making a road trip out of it and taking it slow. I’m excited to share more soon!
I don’t always get the chance to hit everyone of you back but I just wanted to throw out an over arching thank you. Just because. People like you guys make it possible for me to love my day job and for that I am forever grateful.
I’m so stoked to have had the opportunity to work with @fieldandstream on a headline in their current issue. If you’re any kind of outdoorsy, pick one up and getcha some safety tips.
Make work to serve others, forget about the attention, and no check or following will ever give you more fulfillment. True art is a gift that’s given with joy. It’s a natural compulsion to share what we’re excited about. This is why chasing anything else is so deadening. The pursuit of fame or some monitory goal is a request that’s begged for with frustration. And it will always be fought for with frustration because art was never meant to be used as a means for attention. It’s meant to bring life and joy to others. It’s meant to open the door of communication between people who would have never otherwise communicated. It’s a destroyer of walls and should never be used as the mortar between bricks of a platform that we build for ourselves to stand on. Give your art away and that is when you’ll find yourself - when you’ll forget about who’s watching and start expressing yourself in a way which cares more about what you’re contributing than what you’ll receive back.
I’m almost certain that I’m not painting by the book but it sure is relaxing. Besides, you’ve got to start somewhere, eh? Eh?