One of the most wonderful things about being in my position is having the chance to get to know so many of my colleagues out in the industry. As I prepare for my first Designing With Flowers course, I cannot help but to be reminded of how it felt so many years ago when I was just a few years into my career. I remember feeling excited and hopeful, but also a little nervous about where the road I had chosen to walk down would take me. Looking back, I cherish those moments in my life. That anxious uncertainty was very much a blessing in many ways. All of that worry was really misguided wonder, and I can tell you now that, as artists, we never get to a place where we just sit at our desks, feeling confident that “we’ve made it” enough. Artists are creative, and creativity begs to create. Whatever level you are–a beginner or someone with thirty-plus years of experience–there is a buzz and energy, a sense of “will it be good enough?” that stays with you–if you’re lucky.
I have always been a “yes” man. No, not in the traditional sense (no one who knows me would ever accuse me of that), but more so someone who says “yes” to life and to opportunities with the hope that I will figure it out as I go along or at least learn a valuable lesson if I fall flat on my face. And yes, I am human, I have fallen and still fall, and I know that will never change. That, in itself, is the essence of life. There are good days and bad days, pro’s and con’s, setbacks and amazing moments when life propels us far beyond our greatest expectations.
It is my hope that those of you attending this two-day program will leave with a number of things. Not only do my staff and I want to share our expertise and time with you, we also want to get to know you. I want you to get to know one another, to inspire and be inspired. For those of you who will not be attending, I hope you will all find ways to learn something new on your own and that we will have the chance to meet you at one of our future courses.
Today, I would like to ask all of you the following: If you were to spend two days in my studio with myself and my staff, what would you like to learn?