What is the best thing that I love about my work? The thing I love the most about my work is being immersed so deeply in the process because it is so pleasurable that I lose track of time. The sheer joy of allowing emotions to pour through into my work releases them from me and onto the canvas or into a piece of jewelry. From there, looking at or wearing the art allows me to heal.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? As it relates to what I do, perfect happiness is the act of creating something. Whether it is a piece of jewelry or a painting doesn’t matter; it’s just the act of creation that is my perfect happiness.
What is my greatest fear? My greatest fear probably has to do with being unable to do what it is I do. However, even as I think about that, I figure I’d probably come up with a different way to create because I’ve been making something in some form or another for as long as I can remember.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I don’t like how obsessive I can get about things, especially working. Because I love doing what I do so much, I can often lose sight of everything else in the world because I’m so focused on working.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? The living persons I most admire in my profession include the jewelry of Ricky Frank, Holly Ginsberg Gage, and Janet Alexander. I love the art of Malcolm Liepke, Milt Kobayashi, and Lara Provost.
What is my greatest extravagance? My Pilates membership is probably my greatest extravagance. It costs more per year than anything else I buy, but I love it so much that I freely spend the money.
On what occasion would I lie? I would lie because I wouldn’t want to hurt someone’s feelings. It would probably be along the lines of half truths or not answering if I felt what I would say could hurt them.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I really don’t like the marketing element of my work, specifically, I hate emailing people. I don’t like to think I am bothering them, so I become lax in sending out emails.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? In all honesty, I’m really happy in my work right now and have been for easily 4 years. Two years ago, I really committed to what I’m doing and we converted our formal living room and dining room into my studio space. Right then, I knew I was committed 100 percent to being a full time artist and jeweler.
If I could, what would I change about myself? I’m not sure what I would change about myself. Possibly, my obsessiveness could soften a bit. It is a good trait in the fact that I can get very focused and work towards my objectives. However, softening could come in handy when it’s time to take a break.
What is my greatest achievement in work? I think my greatest achievement in work is that I don’t doubt myself as an artist and jeweler any longer. I will always continue to learn and grow because I love to do just that, but it is not coming from a place of feeling I am not good enough. I know with everything I put out in the world, I am doing the very best that I can with what I know at the moment and am perfectly fine with that. That was a huge hurdle to overcome for me.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? I have been exploring different ways of painting the face; specifically, I’ve been exploring graffiti art and really enjoying that. I have also been exploring making a series of Egyptian God related jewelry pieces. I will continue to do both as the year continues.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018? Currently I am offering some of my work in a local shop called “The Divine Intervention.” The majority of my work can be found online on Facebook and Instagram. Quite often it sells directly from those two sites before I can even add it to my website.
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What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? To me, “passion never retires” means that if what you are doing is coming from the heart and is truly inspired, the flow of inspiration never ends. If you set aside rules and ideas and let what really wants to come through you pour out, it will be an endless river of passionate creation.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Helaine Abramson (she has a beautiful story), Janet Alexander
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