Updated: 4th 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.

Haley — Mama Bear. Currently gainfully employed to move us closer to our goals as a family. Humble goals that seem impossible for some families. Getting back in school to become a Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach.

Maddix — Five. Lover of all things artistic, especially if scissors are involved. High-energy and creative. Loves Spider-Man, climbing trees, monster trucks and wearing fingernail polish.

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. Oddly picky eater over the past several months.

Harper – One… Thinks everything is funny. Curious. Loves to walk, run and climb — much to papa’s dismay. 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 is then complete.

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.

As a victim of child abuse, this is an important mission to me.

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

Our hope is to change the stigma and assumptions around tattooing. We will 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 try to find a way to meet our audience where they’re at and deliver something that they want and need.

The idea was originally to build something that would help artists develop the meta skills necessary to be successful with their craft.

Now we’re focusing on the podcast while we build a curated learning path for any artist to pursue art as more than just a hobby, but a career.

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 business while I pursue my professional goals. Just one in each, no matter how many I would like to enroll in.