“What is Protean Studio?
Protean Studio is primarily a creative outlet for me, based on three tenets: Creativity, Accessibility, and Giving Back.
In 2014 I was posting my photography on social media to share something that I enjoyed. When folks began asking about buying prints I opened Protean Studio to the public, and began selling artwork.
The studio allows me to make art accessible/affordable to regular folks, and to use the profits to make the world a better place by donating to local charities & causes. I hope that my work provides a new vantage or alternate view for people to see everyday things, and helps them to appreciate something…anything…in a new way.
The Tenets of Protean Studio
Creativity excites me and clears my mind. I’m an Idea Person. I love brainstorming, building a plan, then bringing ideas to life. Aside from photography, I enjoy writing fiction, drawing, and playing music. I am a patron of the local Arts scene, and enjoy everything that they have to offer.
A married couple once commented on the amount of art in my home. When I asked what they displayed in their home, they said that they loved art, but as middle class parents, felt that art was a luxury expense.
That conversation stuck with me. I want everyone to be able to enjoy art in their home. The art in my home makes me happy. Happy people are more productive. Who doesn’t want to be happy and productive? I know that I do, and I’d like to help others get that way.
As you can see from the Accessibility tenet, I enjoy helping others. Throughout most of my life, I have given back to the community through organizing fundraisers and volunteering for charity events. Through Protean Studio, I am able to give the profits of each sale as a donation to local charities and causes.
The story of Proteus, and how the studio was named:
Protean (synonyms): versatile, adaptable, flexible, and multifaceted
I chose the name Protean Studio because my creative and charitable interests are varied. The word protean, the meaning of which is “changeable in shape or form,” is derived from Proteus.
Proteus, in Greek mythology, was the prophetic old man of the sea. He was subject to the sea god Poseidon. Proteus knew all things—past, present, and future—but disliked divulging what he knew. Those who wished to consult him had to capture him during his noonday slumber (I also love napping, so this is very fitting). Once caught, Proteus would try to escape by changing shapes. Because Proteus could assume whatever shape he pleased, he came to be regarded by some as a symbol of the original matter from which the world was created.
Who am I? I am a proud United States Air Force veteran, who loves being a father. The most profound experiences in my life have been in fatherhood, and they have helped me to define who I am, and what I stand for.
What am I about? I am an adventurous, problem solving explorer of new places, things, and ideas. Learning about people and the world turns me on, so I study comparative religions, economics, geopolitics, influence, emotional intelligence, children playing, the words and actions of others, and the cycles of nature and history.
When: Now. The time is always now.
Where: Anywhere. I am a native of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Area, but brain, will travel.
Why: Maxims that I live by:
- Everyone has something valuable to teach.
- Work to live, do not live to work.
- Relationships and experiences are the most important things in life are.
- Time is precious, and people don’t last forever.
- Go now, chase your dreams, live genuinely, build yourself and others
- Tomorrow is not guaranteed.
Master of Science: Executive Leadership & Organizational Change Management – This program focused on understanding yourself and others, and leveraging strengths and weaknesses to build effective, High Performing teams. It also included methods to perform Organizational Diagnoses, Strategic Planning, effective communication, and the power of influence and culture within an organization. I have also studied general business topics, such as Economics, Finance, and Marketing.
Bachelor of Arts: Liberal Arts & Information Technology – Aside from Technology, Philosophy, and Literature, my courses included Design, Composition, Photography, Film & Darkroom, and various art techniques & media types.