How it all began...
There's a stigma that comes with the Arts, the idea of the 'starving artist' and this is something that almost stopped my path to passion. As a teen my parents told me I was 'too brainy' to just do Art. (it was meant in a kind way) They supported my passion but we negotiated on the grounds I would try other things too… 4 A Levels and a Foundation Degree later, no one could deny that my path was to be colourful, messy and knee deep in paint… not a text book in sight!
I was breaking the norm, going left whilst most people were going right, choosing art over academia… although I come from a long line of architects and makers, me perusing Art as a career was the unknown.
We are often led to believe that you need a 'real job', one that starts at 9, finishes at 5, answers to a boss and has a monthly salary, succeed Even now, whilst I run a successful design business I'm often asked how my 'little flower painting thing' is going.
I know now that your destiny isn't set out by life's tick list and that whole 'starving artist' mumbo-jumbo is just that… of course you can make money following your passion.