Description I was a commercial fisherman in Alaska. The experience toughened me up and taught me a strong work ethic. I also developed a taste and appreciation for salmon that hasn't gone away. Much to my wife's frustration to this day I still refuse to buy 'farmed' salmon (salmon that have been raised in live pens) due to the economical undercut they put on the commercial fisherman. All of this said, salmon fascinate me with their limited life span, how they travel down river and change from fresh water to a salt water existence. How they fight their way to stay alive for their entire life out in the ocean, in the river, and IF they make it all the way back, fight for the right to spawn and die shortly after. Makes me tired just to think about it, yet challenged to keep persevering in my life.
Tobin Springs, Seattle Member Since May 2007 Artist Statement I am an artist. I love looking for an original idea, a new way of thinking, and seeing the beauty in things. Creativity and humor are important to me and I do what I can to facilitate an environment that have these present. I draw my inspiration from the people I meet and various events in my life. It is my goal not to just keep seeing that the glass is half full, but rather to find the source of the water that is filling the glass.
I am an Art teacher to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders within the Tukwila School District In Washington State. I enjoy teaching and the energy that kids bring with them wherever they go. As an adult it is important for us to recognize the power we have and just how much we influence our youth. It is my hope, that in my small way I will positively impact my students and help facilitate a better future.
Much of my Art work is inspired by my faith in God. The Bible has been a life-changing force in my life. My artwork pulls from famous Biblical people, imagery, and personally significant sections of the Bible. I look for meaning and power when considering an idea to illustrate and for me, nothing compares to my faith in my Lord Jesus Christ. Not all of my artwork has a blatant Christian theme, however, my faith flavors all aspects of my life, and my artwork is no exception.
I am honored that you have taken the time to learn a little bit more about me. God bless.