I CREATE CUSTOM PRINTS FOR ONE REASON; TO GIVE PEOPLE A CHANCE TO OWN ART THAT'S MEANINGFUL TO THEM.
Can I tell you a story?
My daughter was married last year. It was a perfect wedding. She and her new husband are very happy. It made me start thinking about how the world belongs to them now.....
Shortly afterwards, while driving together, I asked them what kind of art they were going to put in their new home. "Probably something from Ikea, or Winners" my daughter said. I think she caught my expression in the rear view mirror. "It's what all my friends do," she explained, "No-one has money for art."
I went to Winners and looked at the art. Ikea too. The Eiffel tower, some big abstract prints....it was affordable but didn't have much meaning. And so for a few months I kept mulling over how to make something meaningful and affordable.
Later that year, my wife and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. In the studio, I worked up a little painting for her as a gift. We both love hiking, so I painted one of the trails on our property. In the painting, I inscribed our names carved on a tree, with the date of our wedding.
It was meaningful to her, and to me. And I had one of those "what if" thoughts. What if that concept could be meaningful to others? I decided to find out. I had a few ideas for paintings that would lend themselves to the project. I worked them up over the next while and learned to reproduce them as giclee fine art prints. Then I personalized each print for a few couples and families and gave them as gifts. People really liked them, and I've been responding by designing and creating more images.
THERE'S VERY LITTLE THAT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN OUR RELATIONSHIPS. AND THAT'S WHAT THESE PRINTS CELEBRATE.