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Featured Seller: Pixel This

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Tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born in California, raised in upstate New York and have lived in Virginia for the last 30 years. I love Virginia – the bay, the ocean, the mountains, and the nation’s capital are all within two hours. It’s awesome. I’m married to my best friend, Bonnie. Without her, none of this would have ever happened. She is my inspiration and the one person who believed in my dream. I have had a lot of jobs in my life — some I hated and some I liked, but never one I loved. I have arrived. What a long, strange trip it’s been. I have learned to love the simple things in life, and to stop and listen instead of talking and running around doing nothing.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I enjoy photography, treasure hunting, biking, boating, hiking and spending lots of time with my wife and our two dogs.

Where does your inspiration come from?
Usually out of thin air. One of my favorite quotations is from Thomas Edison: “To create you need a good imagination and a big pile of junk.” I will see something and get an idea, but it will take days, weeks, months, and even years before I come up with a piece.

What does handmade mean to you?
To me, handmade means creating something from something else, with your own two hands – a piece of pottery, a painting or even a clock. They can be similar, but they are all unique in some way.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
My wife, Bonnie. She is the one who talked me into getting into a local artist co-op and then quitting my job and going full time with Etsy. I will be a self-employed artist for three years on June 16.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
I think it was when my cousin from Sweden was visiting us and took me to my first Formula One race when I was 13. I discovered photography and racing, all in one weekend. Photography and cars have been a serious part of my life ever since.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Ansel Adams.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
A one of-a-kind sundial that my grandfather designed and built. It is a beautiful and unique piece.

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
That’s a toughie. Sometimes, it just takes a lot of patience. I will work on some other project that is completely different, like photography and or hiking.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
In a beach house, doing the same thing I’m doing now. I love my job.

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