We had the good fortune of connecting with Ed Hall and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ed, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
“If you don’t build your dreams, someone will hire you to build theirs! ” After spending many years in a corporate environment, I knew that I had to find something different to make me happy. This meant following a dream – to become a fine art painter. My life was revolved around what other people wanted and their needs. A lot of my energy was put into making those dreams for them. The tables needed to turn. I love the above quote. It made me understand a world of new possibilities. To be an artist, the only option was to work for myself and make my own creative decisions and choices. There have been many bumps in the road but very few regrets!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Painting makes me happy. I’m an abstract acrylic painter. My work involves texture, surface and mark making. Sometimes using color, sometimes not. Recently, I have been doing minimal work – a ‘less is more’ approach. I like the calm of it. Simplicity, minimal, and restraint defines my work lately.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Dallas is great for eating out. There are so many choices for friends visiting, -Tex-Mex seems to be the favorite. Jalisco in Oaklawn is great. A trip to the galleries in the Design District to see some art is required. Don’t forget to a scenic road trip to Austin, San Antonio, or numerous small towns in Texas
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
In my early years of college I had a design class from a professor I only remember as Ted. Ted said that here were 3 levels of the design process that we needed to understand to development of your ideas. 1- Concepts will come out worse than you envisioned. 2- Concepts will come out just as you expected. 3- Concepts will come out better than you ever dreamed. #3 was the goal to creative success. It is obvious and simple but it always stuck in my head. I still use this as a guide to try to always achieve #3. Thanks, Ted!
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