Once I graduate, I would like to acquire studio space in form of a small storefront or garage in East Dallas, within 15 minutes of downtown, that I commute to by bus most days. This space will include electricity and concrete floor with running water (plumbing). this would be where I would do the majority of my painting and creating. This would be nice, but will have to wait.
Being a husband and father of two, with the responsibilities of supporting a home and sustaining the lives of my family and two dogs, the full time artist lifestyle will come later. In reality, I am going to get a job with benefits. This sounds so un-artistic, but so does starving. not being self-employed will remove financial pressure, enabling me to be creative and give me the ability to take risks. This will be a good time to build a reputation in my community as a Painter.
Until Graduation, I will continue to paint, and become comfortable with Photoshop, Illustrator, and other software commonly used in Graphic Arts. not limiting myself to two dimensional art, I will also take courses in Sculpture and Drama.
While working it is important to keep Art front and center in my life. I will continue to work with those interested with similar goals, all while meeting regularly. I may keep in touch with those I meet at SMU, or I will meet them at the Creative Art Center in East Dallas, or at other gatherings. With keeping my hours limited to 40-45 hrs a week, I can do it. This will allow the time to collaborate and work as much as possible on exhibition pieces.
Within the next 7-10 years my children will leave and I anticipate a raise financially and a big increase in free time. If I do not have studio space by then, That will be my time to move into one. Apart from acquiring studio space, I intend to become more involved in local charities, such as The Union Gospel Mission and Our Calling (Organizations that benefit the Homeless in Dallas). I believe that homelessness is a result or cause of a larger spiritual problem.
My plan is to learn my craft, work for money to sustain my art making. keep in close contact with like-minded people to create a message to be communicated in local exhibitions all while becoming involved in local charities.