What I’m Doing Now

Updated: 18th of August, 2022

I’m currently living in Morehead, Kentucky. I’m itching to travel and explore with my family. I’ve always been a nomad at heart. Being “settled” for such a long time is making me restless.

We’re on the verge of upgrading our living situation, then hitting the road shortly after.

I’m the patriarch of a family of five. I have two businesses with two business partners. And I keep my personal blog to help artists and creatives turn their passions into fulfilling careers.

Family

Me — Papa Bear. I’m a mindful workaholic but I always put my kids in bed. I’m learning to be more flexible and adaptable after a summer of being a mostly-at-home dad.

Haley — Mama Bear. Currently gainfully employed to move us closer to our goals as a family. Humble goals that seem impossible for some families. Working toward becoming a Certified Medical Assistant, then a Certified Personal Trainer.

Maddix — Five. Lover of all things artistic, especially if scissors are involved. High-energy and creative. Loves Spider-Man, climbing trees, monster trucks, riding his bike and wearing fingernail polish. In Kindergarten and is learning to read amazingly fast.

Arya — Three. Sounds like a pack-a-day smoker of 30 years (and has since she was born). It’s hilarious. Loves Disney princesses and thinks she is the queen of the universe. Finicky eater over the past six months. Refuses to be a forgotten middle child. Will demand what she wants out of life. She scares me.

Harper – One… Thinks everything is funny. Curious. Loves to walk, run and climb — much to papa’s dismay. Recently learned how to teleport. Likes to make dove sounds. If there is a locked cabinet or drawer, it will be unlocked. All contents will be removed. Harper’s mission in life is suicide. My mission is suicide prevention.

Affinity Art Co.

The tattoo studio I built with Autumn Dennis. We provide support to women through tattoos and as a Safe Place for victims of domestic violence. We are also a Safe Place for children who have been victims of child abuse.

This is an important mission to me, as I was a victim of child abuse.

We are currently training a new artist: Erin. We focus on artistic development, so we invest heavily in quality art training.

Our hope is to change the stigma and assumptions around tattooing. We do this by focusing on the quality of art, the quality of the experience and being heavily involved with organizations that support our causes.

CreateQuest

Built with Chris Beaven. In the middle of a pivot as we find a way to meet our audience where they’re at and deliver something that they want and need.

The idea was to help artists develop the meta skills necessary for success with their craft.

Learning

I’m addicted to learning. I’ve had to slow down and direct my learning while I track it.

I read one book at a time while I take notes on it. I read slowly and deliberately.

I use Notion to collect ideas that I would like to use for writing (with citations).

I use Anki to study ideas that I want to internalize, usually involving business, communication, or creativity.

I’m always taking an art course and a focus course while I pursue my professional goals. Just one in each, no matter how many I would like to enroll in. I’ve broken my learning into “themes” that last 2 months. During each “theme” I consume as many books, courses, and events on a subject as possible.

Current Theme: Parenting

I’m experimenting with Artificial Intelligence in my art workflow. My current belief is that AI will have the same impact on art as the camera, digital camera, computer, and digital painting software all did. My output with the rudimentary AI tools available has been multiplied by 3-8x already.