My dad was a great sculptor and musician, and my mom’s dad was a beautiful-voiced Cantor (as we’re two of my uncles), so it is not entirely surprising that I (thankfully) inherited the creative gene.
I’ve spent my entire adult life working on my music, and I am so grateful to have been a full-time songwriter as my “day job” for many years (making “the medium bucks”, as my friend Cliff Goldmacher would say). Surviving, happily, doing the thing I loved best.
Well, when you are a creative type, and are a songwriter (especially a songwriter who is also trying to be an “Artist”), you find there are many skills you may have to pick up along the way that have nothing to do with music.
I won’t even begin to go into the (overwhelming) world of marketing, but there is an entire world of art that I (not-so-gracefully) fell into out of necessity.
When I recorded my first album, I had hired another artist to do the cover artwork and inside layout for me. I loved painting and drawing in my real day-to-day life, but I didn’t trust myself at that time to be able to create it myself. I really love the work that was done, but to be honest, there was always a part of me that was a little sorry that I had outsourced it. I saw a vision of what I wanted in my head that I could not explain to my designer. She did a wonderful job, but I made a pact with myself then, that I would work hard to gather the tools I needed to be able to get the visions I had in my head onto paper (or computer screen, these days).
So that’s where this artwork of mine began. Over time, I learned (and made mistakes, and learned some more), and ultimately honed the skills that allow me to bring what had once only been in my own imagination, to the world at large.
And it took me a while and the prodding of (and hiring by) some friends to get me to this moment…to this place where I know I can bring that vision to others as well. Thanks for being here.