Deciding to pursue an artistic or creative career path isn’t for the faint of heart. Challenges will abound, but so many of the artists we speak with couldn’t be happier with their choice. So, we asked them about how they made the decision in the first place.

Crystal Brinson | Artist and owner of Crystal Brinson Horticulture inc. and Star Garden Studio

I am an artist because I see. I look at spaces and have the ability to create gardens within specified parameters. The design part of creating fits me as I love to take shapes, colors, textures, seasons of interest, scents, flowering times and put it into the ground. Best part of garden design is watching it evolve over time as the plants grow. Read more>>

Zoe Kerr | Director/Writer/Cinematographer for Film & Theater

Honestly, it’s never occurred to me not to. My focus has shifted in the last decade, as I used to be a full-time actress, but I’ve always known I would be an artist of some sort. I can remember telling little made-up stories to my parents when I was four years old and acting out all the roles. Read more>>

Kari Martinez | Photographer

I am thankful for the opportunity to not only witness someone else’s happiness or once in a lifetime moments’, but to photograph them and actually transform them into beautiful images that will be treasured forever. My creative side allows me to emphasize details such as beautiful smiles, sparkling eyes, a glowing mommy to be and her belly, a delightful touch between lovers, a fearless look, and many other details that may go unnoticed. I also can’t help it but I just always need to capture that perfect picture no matter what 😀 Read more>>

Ray Saldana Jr. | Builder / Woodworker

For me it was the beauty in building, constructing. Having a vision and collaborating with clients to bring dreams to reality. Rather it’s that space you have outdoors ready for a patio or creating a custom furniture piece indoors. Just a seeing everything come to life and watching a clients eyes light up, that is priceless! Read more>>