It’s nice to live somewhere that likes art, you have to know that this is all new to me, and the urban feeling of Seattle is the home I always wanted.
It still takes some getting used to. I grew up in a small eastern town, where the most fancy thing about education was high school tennis. Anyone who wasn’t an athlete didn’t go to school, or do anything other than work on a ranch. I wanted to blog, draw, paint, and sculpt, so you can only imagine how refreshing it was to transfer to a place like 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 my skill set, and my reputation in the Seattle art scene, so to make ends meet in the meantime I started finally working in a cannabis store. The only scene more colorful around here than the art scene is the cannabis industry, which is booming. There are even several Seattle dispensaries that will showcase local artists on their storefronts! Alas, the dispensary where I work doesn’t do that, but maybe if I’m persistent enough they will begin to. I love my task, but if I want to make it in the Seattle art community I need to start getting my task out there where people can see it.