I worked for a large church developing creative elements for services. (This was after I'd left the reinsurance industry which didn't seem to appreciate my creativity.) I received a video of a Ukraine artist doing something called sand painting. I was blown away! Such beauty with such basic materials - I had to try it! We built a box. I crammed for three days and created a simple Easter presentation. The audience was just as mesmerized as I was. That's when my sand painting career was born - I've been doing it ever since.
This is such a potent form of art. Who knew light through sand could create such gorgeous pictures? And when it's combined with a powerful soundtrack, it's more than beautiful pictures.
These days, we all fight becoming cynical. I love finding ways to do that, to keep that innocent hope alive, and share it with others. Sand and light can be beautiful. Simple elements along with mature artistry create something that can sneak inside you and tweak your soul, and maybe rekindle the belief that anything is possible.
My artistic skills were supported by my parents who dabbled in art themselves. They provided plenty of materials: an antique desk full of mysterious mechanical pencils, slide rules and reams of old paper; professional graphic design markers; an easel and oil paints... They empowered me with a curiosity and freedom to explore. Being an illustrator, actor, cartoonist, writer, painter, and creative consultant is I believe part of why I'm sought-after as a sand painter. In everything I do I try to share my ability to see things differently. I stretch myself and those around me to find an answer that's fresh and simple at the same time - the best kind of solution.
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