In my opinion Shane is an artist that has found his “voice”. His work is consistent and unique to him, which doesn’t come easy. Finding a creative voice is usually the outcome of intense dedication, and willingness to endure a painstaking process of trial and error. When I see Shane’s work that’s what I think of. So that was the starting point of our conversation.
A couple years ago he was working full time as a physical therapy assistant, until he began to pursue a career in music. As music became a form of work, he needed a separate creative outlet so, he began painting which has become the focus of his work.
When I asked Shane how he found his niche, he said at the beginning, he painted everything. He told me to imagine a tree. On the table between us he began tracing the trunk of a tree with his fingers, and then from there the branches as they extended out from where they started. He said you go down each branch like a pathway and see what’s at the end. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, you know the way back to the beginning where other branches are.
This mindset confirmed my thinking about his painstaking determination.
Generally speaking, if you try a lot of things you’ll probably find out what doesn’t work quickly, but also what does. In order to find the thing you’re looking for, you just start exploring. At first you might be headed in the wrong direction, but once you discover that what you’re searching for is in a different place you’ll be that much closer to finding it. Easier said than done.
I think its admirable to express yourself in many ways for the sake of finding what rings true. Stumbling through the times that don’t make sense can equate to feeling like you, the creator, doesn’t make sense. But I’m convinced it’s worth it, a necessary evil if you want to create something beautiful.
This makes me think that all paths are useful in finding what you’re looking for. Maybe the more difficult and confusing times are the most important. The key is choosing to go, and I think this is something that sets Shane apart. His active exploration of his own voice can be seen and felt in his work.