As a printer I enjoy solving the puzzle of how to print a particular piece. Figuring out a great composition is only part of the fun of printmaking. Deciding what medium to use, how to build the image, and how to print it adds to the excitement of the end result. Each decision adds several layers of complexity to the process, resulting in a much more intriguing piece of art.
Working in marketing I have found several similarities to my printmaking roots. The complexities of the problem becomes about the needs of the client, restrictions in the budget, and challenges in finding the right message to connect to the market. Some people have a hard time understanding the connection between the two disciplines, but to me they are about the same two things, being creative and solving problems.
Being at Cleveland State has afforded me the opportunity to stay connected to the the energy of a college campus. I know lots of people strive to relive their college careers, but this is a little different. I feed off the energy of the students. They come to work for me with a wide range of raw talents and are eager to make their mark. In my position I am given to the opportunity to shape and grow them as professionals. As an eternal student myself, I also pick up the skill sets they have to offer. I get to blend a real world productive environment with some of the freedoms of a college class room. More times than not this is a huge challenge to undertake. Mixing deadlines with student schedules, and unrefined talent has kept me late at work several nights. But as I stated earlier, I enjoy the complexity in the process and the excitement of the end result.