We had the good fortune of connecting with Reece Fish and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Reece, how do you think about risk?
By no means am I a master at risk-taking, but I’ve taken enough leaps of faith to realize that’s where the juice of life is. Over time I realized that comfort does not necessarily equal happiness. I enjoy kicking back on a Saturday like anyone else, but passion, flow, and zest wait for opportunities when I’m pushing my boundaries, riding my edge, and being genuine with the people in my life. Taking risks is daunting business when you’re up in your head analyzing the pro’s and con’s of everything. For some areas of life that may be a good approach, but I find that the more I entrust my decisions to my body (my gut), the more serendipitous and rewarding outcomes come my way. That being said, there is a fine line between taking risks from insight versus from impulse. Impulse seeks short term pleasure or righteousness, whereas insight seeks growth. To me, it’s worth finding that sweet spot because life is too short to live comfortably afraid! 

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My imagination has been coupled with the impulse to draw and create for as long as I can remember. These days each piece I create takes many months of experimentation, insight, and contemplation before it feels balanced enough to call complete. There’s a cathartic sense of pouring out my inner world when I’m drawing or painting, which continuously reinforces the urge to create. At some point, I figured that I had put so much of my time and heart into making artwork that I might as well share it. The tricky part about trying to sell art is connecting it with the right audience. I have had many moments of feeling discouraged because I wasn’t getting much feedback when sharing my work online. I’ve come to realize that artwork often has a gestation period before people who resonate with the style and themes stumble across it. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned on my artistic journey so far is not compromise on a deep feeling to create something unique. It’s tempting to cater to popular culture or other’s expectations because it’s easier to spread online and make money, but that takes the life out of the process for me. Some people have amazing renditions of pop culture figures, symbols, and icons, but I would consider that a different genre of visual art than what I feel called to make.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I always enjoyed the diverse collection of pieces and exhibits at the Dallas Museum of Art, so if I was with an “artsy” person I would take them there. Right outside is Klyde Warren Park, which often has cool events going on with delicious food options from the surrounding food trucks. I’d also check the lineup at Trees and see if there’s a concert we would both enjoy. If we’re trying to avoid crowds given the current state of things, I would take them kayaking and/or hiking at White Rock Lake for some refreshing nature exposure. I’ve never been in the Dallas Botanical Gardens that’s on the edge of the lake, but I’ve heard great things and would definitely add that to my list. I went to UT Dallas, so may of my go-to restaurants are in the northeastern Dallas area. Spice N’ Rice, Jeng Chi, Spin!, Palio’s Pizza, Modern Market, and the Ali Baba Mediterranean Grill are some of my personal favorites.

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?
My family has been pivotal in allowing me the space to make mistakes and try new things as I was figuring out which direction I wanted to move, so I’m very thankful for the container they created. Every morning during my routine, I express gratitude to 3 people who have each made profound changes to how I think and interact with the world. My coach Brian, my mentor Walt, and an anonymous teacher I had in India. There are countless other friends, teachers, and figures who have supported and inspired me to pursue my passions in life. It is almost overwhelming how much good will I’ve received from others once I learned to let it in and be appreciative.

Website: https://reecefish-art.mailchimpsites.com/
Instagram: @reecefish_art
Other: Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ReeceFishArt

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