It’s good to live somewhere that adores art, but you have to understand that this is all new to me, and the city sprawl of Seattle is the apartment I always wanted, but it still takes some getting used to.
I grew up in a small western town, where the most pricey thing about education was middle school football.
Anyone who wasn’t an athlete didn’t go to college, or do anything other than be a farmer. I wanted to write, and draw, and paint, and sculpt, so you can only imagine how refreshing it was to transport to a place prefer Seattle, WA. For decades Seattle has been a haven for artists of all stripes, and I felt welcomed as soon as I moved here. That said, there is a lot of competition in all the artistic pursuits, so it’s difficult to make a living with your art in Seattle at first. I had to build up our skill set, and our reputation in the Seattle art scene, so to make ends meet in the meantime I started working in a cannabis dispensary. The only scene more vibrant around here than the art scene is the cannabis industry, which is thriving. There are even many Seattle dispensaries that will showcase local artists on their walls! Alas, the dispensary where I work doesn’t do that, but maybe if I’m persistent enough they will start. I prefer our job, but if I want to make it in the Seattle art community I need to start getting our labor out there where people can see it.