How did you get started?
I got started about 3 years ago. I lost/released a job I was quite fond of and found myself feeling pretty depressed and disheartened. My aunt was painting at that time and I guess hearing about her paintings planted a seed in my head that maybe I could paint too. So, one day, I went out, bought a couple of small canvases and some paint and got started. I painted almost everyday for several months in a row, loving every minute of it. I went from canvases to painting original greeting cards. In fact, in order to get ready for the first Wellness Expo I took part in, I painted roughly 400 cards (by hand, no reproductions).
Where do you find your inspiration?/ What is your creative process like?
My inspiration is purely spiritual. I know people say that so much it has become a cliche`, but it’s true for me. I will sometimes dream a concept and try to bring it to life on a canvas (sometimes it works, sometimes, not so much). I also have had instances where I’ve heard a word or phrase over and over and I’ll feel lead to try and capture that on canvas. Of course, there are other times when I just sit down and express whatever comes at the moment. I find that when I really release myself to the process, it’s pretty cool. When I’m TRYING to create something, that’s when I struggle. Isn’t that a life lesson?
What do you enjoy most about being an artist?
The thing I love the most about being an artist is that moment when I see people’s faces as they experience my art. Now, I don’t mean that in a narcissistic way at all. There is something wonderful about being a channel through which something came that causes people to pause, to wonder, to think. Even if they don’t like it, I love that moment of wonder – even if they’re wondering, ‘What the heck is that supposed to be?’ lol It’s fantastic!
What aspirations do you have for your work?/What impact do you hope that it will have on people?
I want to see my work everywhere! lol That’s right, I DREAM BIG! I don’t think we can ever have enough positive message out there and I am currently working on several product ideas using my work and life-affirming, uplifting captions. I want to inspire people to think, feel, do and be more (hence the name of my company, Think Moore Ink). This is about more than just art for me. I truly believe that I am helping people whenever they are exposed to something brought to life through me. I love what I do and I think it shows in the work, you can feel it in the work. I intend to leave the world better than I found it and I think I’m off to a good start.
I’ve participated in the Wellness Expo a few times now and every time, I’ve had a visit from the same older man and he asks the same question every time. He always walks up, gives a cursory look over my booth and says, “What are you doing to promote wellness? This is a wellness expo.” Now, the first few times, I just sort of gave some mumbled reply and went on about my business. The last time he visited, though, I had a different response. He asked his question and my answer was, “I am promoting wellness by exposing people to beautiful art and beautiful words, that’s what I’m doing.” He stopped and looked at me, hunched his shoulders and walked away. lol I was quite proud of myself, not only because I stood up for myself, but because I believed what I said. I’m doing my part.
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About Tony Cecala
Tony is a business strategist. He publishes the Holistic Networker and produces the Wellness Expo. In his spare time he reads about technology and the mind.