I used to feel so jealous of artists who had a cohesive body of work and an artist statement that was clear and thoughtful. Art would bubble up out of me sometimes when I needed to process something I wasn't consciously aware of but I mostly just felt lost and unsure of how to fully share myself creatively with the world. For awhile, I tried to over intellectualize my work, wondering if I talked the academic art speak that maybe my work and my life would have more clarity. Nope, that just made me more confused and made me feel like I was pretending to be something I wasn't. I even applied to grad school with some of that work and got in but decided that something just didn't feel right about it (besides it being ridiculously expensive). Over the last two years as I've been devoting more energy and time to being an artist, I have come to learn that I make things spontaneously and am learning to trust that and create the circumstances to allow that to happen more often in my life. Traveling, for one. When I travel, I see things differently. I think we all do, that's what's so great about it. I notice plants and how the light hits things in ways I'm not used to seeing. I pick up a feather while I'm walking on the beach with my Dad in Florida. I ask my wife, Kelly to pull over along the side of the wooded road on Madeline Island when I notice Queen Anne's Lace flowers dancing in the wind and want to pick a few. In the moment, I don't know what I'm going to do with those things, I just feel something. I'm learning that those moments, those feelings, are the creative spark for me. I usually just tuck the little thing I find in my pocket or a sketchbook if I happened to bring it with me and move on with my day. It's not until later when I rediscover that thing that the creative story continues. Maybe I'll draw it or make a sun print out of it. Whatever form they take, those little things add up to art, to sharing something that I feel. Over time, I'm seeing that there are threads to the things I make and that's how my collections and bodies of work are going to come to be, not by over thinking them ahead of time. I'm trying to embrace that it's through the process of doing the things, of living my messy, layered life that beautiful things get made and I need to trust that.