A long time ago, I started my second tour of duty (as I like to call it) as Marketing Director at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. I did not have a graphic designer on staff during my first tour, but during my absence, they decided they needed one. And I “inherited” Bryan. (Yay!) He worked for me a couple of years before, as he says below in his answer to Question #1, he ran away and started teaching.
Now he’s a published author, graduate student, arts educator, graphic designer, and artist, and his finest accomplishment is probably being husband to his lovely wife and father to two adorable little girls.
His book, Benjamin’s Report Card Blues, features a boy stressed out over grades. Bryan’s hope is that this story will make parents more sympathetic to their kids and children more understanding of their parents, and help parents realize that their kids need their support in order to learn. Bryan wrote and illustrated the book, and I got to edit an early draft (of the words).
I’m very happy to feature him answering The Questions. And I’m so proud of him!
1. Tell the good readers of this blog how we know each other.
Debbie used to be my supervisor at the Center for Puppetry Arts. We had a few heated arguments so I decided to spite her and moved to Charlotte and started teaching. (Thinking I showed her, ha.) But about 6 months later I missed her and the rest of the crew. Just joking about the argument part…mostly she just bossed me around.
(dSavannah note: And I was very good at the bossing!)
9. What is a guilty pleasure?
Watching shows like Scandal with my wife.
12. Where is your favorite place to create?
In my garage (makeshift studio…I often wonder if, when I get rich, I would miss these meager painting accommodations).
13. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Night owl by necessity. (I can’t really get what I want done until everyone is asleep.)
15. What inspires you?
The greatness of others and imagining myself being as good at what I do as they are at what they do. I.E.-jazz greats like Coltrane.
17. What is your biggest regret?
Not “getting it” sooner. I wish I was more dedicated earlier in life. I thought my family was holding back but I just wanted to have an excuse for why I wasn’t advancing.
19. What is one of your pet peeves?
24. If you could go back and give your 13-year-old self a piece of advice, what would it be?
You can be an artist when you grow up…get serious, now!
24a. What about your 20-year-old self?
Get serious, now!
About Bryan (in his own words):
Currently an art educator, freelance graphic designer, and practicing artist (seriously, I’m practicing to be an artist). In school pursuing a Master’s of Fine Art in Painting. A devoted husband and father. Love chocolate/coffee, action movies. Yes, I am one of those sensitive artists; although I don’t show it, I do take criticism personally, most of the time. However, I am not one of those artists that will abandon everything – even family – to paint (i.e.-Gauguin). I am determined to be a successful artist while maintaining a strong family unit.
I want to create a “virtual conversation” with the viewer. My art is not necessarily for decorating your home, nor is it for you to glance at it and say “that’s so pretty.” I intend for my work, in some cases, to act as a mirror for the public. Viewers can see it and say, “you know, that is a situation that needs to change,” or, “that is so true; I never looked at it that way.” I want to encourage and caution. Now, there should be some beauty in the midst of the conversation, but odds are there is more to what you see in front of you.