"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
The Rediscovery of Passion
by Ken Wilson
At an early age, I discovered an affinity for drawing and painting. I was passionate about it. But somewhere along the way I gave in to the pressure of society. It told me to "study 'something serious;' get a 'good education' so you can get a 'good job.'"
So I set my artistic passion aside, believing it to have no value in the 'real world.' Instead, I dutifully studied finance, earned a degree in economics, and then spent the next 25 years of my life appraising real estate. I made money, but wasn't happy. Our materialistic society told me I was successful, but I felt miserable, so how could that be success?
I knew I had to do something different. I bought a house and started to rehab it. I rediscovered a talent for color, architecture, and decorating I always knew existed inside me, but had neglected. It was challenging and rewarding to see what I could create. I bought and fixed up more property. It made me happy. I knew I had to make a change, even though it meant giving up a comfortable living to pursue a dream; to follow the road less traveled.
This rediscovery of my artistic side has awakened me. I now engage my passions for writing, music, cooking, painting, and life with a zeal I haven't felt since childhood. These things make me feel alive again.
I could say that I'm a self-taught painter, but that isn't accurate. While I have no formal education in the arts, I haven't done this alone. I've had a passion for art my entire life. I've visited dozens of the finest museums in the US and Europe, bought and read art books, and acquired a small collection of original paintings over the years. My influences and mentors are too many to mention. But I learn every day by studying the works of famous masters, unknown contemporary artists, and the vast array of wonderful creative souls that lie in between.
My journey has taught me an important lesson. Follow your heart. Follow your passion. Do the things that are meaningful to you; not to anyone else. This is how I approach my art. I simply paint things that I feel and that I want to see. If I'm the only person who enjoys them, so be it. That's a risk I'm willing to take. Because if it fulfills my heart and my soul, I shall have achieved success.
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