I have never shared this story with anyone outside of my family circle. I thought today would be a fitting day to do just that. This story actually starts in 2000 a full year prior to the attacks of September 11, 2001. I was working as an automotive technician at a local Ford Dealer in the Boston area. I had recently discovered the art of sand and snow sculpting and was contemplating if I would ever be able to transition from my job as a full-time mechanic to full-time artist. The idea of supporting a family of five by selling snow sculptures did not impress many people as a very popular business plan so I decided that I would stick to my day job to raise my family and only focus part-time on my artistic endeavours.
Fast forward to September 12, 2001. There are few things capable of completely changing one’s outlook on life. The events of September 11th 2001 were certainly more than enough to create a cause to pause and reflect on one’s life. I can’t say that immediately after the events unfolded on that tragic day that I somehow knew that I would be making a life altering decision in the near future. I did know deep down that life as we all knew it would be changing. Perhaps it was that knowledge alone that drove me to be in control of exactly how my life would change.
As the surreal images continued to flood the airways and fill television screens for what seemed like endless hours , days and weeks on end, the image of how my life would change direction began to take shape. Out of the suffering of others, I felt a deep need that demanded to be filled. Now more than ever I was more focused on sharing my art with the world. Art, much like music has the ability to inspire others.Ithas the innate ability to uplift he spirit and help heal. i could see no other direction that my life could possibly take from there after.
Fast forward to September 12, 2011. As I sit here typing these words, a full 10 years and one day later, I know that I have been transformed by those events. I have since devoted my full-time career to my art. In 2006 after several years of increased focus pushed unconsciously by way of the events of 9-11, I successfully made the transition to a full time artist. It is only now that I see that. It would seem, to me any way, that tragedy can also be a powerful motivator. Some how I know that I am not alone and that countless others have walked on the same path. I think we all owe that to those that gave their lives on that day.
On September 17, 2011 I will be unveiling a special sand sculpture dedicated to everyone living and deceased that have been touched by the events of 9-11. At The 2nd Annual Braveheart Awards I am hoping to continue to uplift and inspire everyone in attendance… one grain at a time!Share on Facebook