I must admit, it's tough to see this one go. I painted “Pot of Gold” in 2009 and it's definitely one of of favorites.
It's been tattooed on people's bodies around the world more than any of my paintings so far and it certainly shows an evolvement from my previous painting styles.
But it feels good to know that a collector friend of mine is now adding this to his growing collection of my work. I know it's going to a good home and it will be appreciated and that makes me happy.
I put a lot of time in my painting process. Maybe too long sometimes. But I made a pact with myself to never take shortcuts with my work and to let it manifest in it's entirety as it's meant to unfold, no matter how long or difficult the process may be. In doing so, I know that each piece gets all of me as it deserves. I try to parent like this too.
I made a conscious decision years ago to not release for sale some of my more cherished original paintings until my career grows enough to sell them for what I know they're worth. No matter how long it may take.
I am proud to admit that I am now selling original paintings at a rate faster than I ever imagined and getting the prices for them that I have been working towards.
It's a dream come true to do what I love for a career and to be able to help provide for my family with the same integrity that goes into each painting.
I think the lesson here is simple. Live in the now. Be present and express yourself and take actions that have integrity even if it takes a while to see the results you're after. It's about the process and the journey. Everything else will unfold as it's meant to when timing is right and when your contribution is greater than you thought possible.