We had the good fortune of connecting with Miles Graci and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Miles, why did you pursue a creative career?
The easy answer is I was born creative! “It’s not that I choose to create, it’s that creating chose me” is a saying that I came up with years ago while trying to figure this question out for myself. I have always had a passion to create and started drawing cartoons at a very young age. So not to sound too corny but I would say it wasn’t much of a choice to pursue this as much as it was my destiny. Any artist will tell you there is not much money in art. We don’t do it for the money. We do it for the passion, the challenge, the love and the growth of it all. When I sell a piece of art I get something in return that is far more valuable than money. To be able to create something with my hands, bring it to life and have another person put a value on it is an absolutely incredible feeling. I am truly humbled by these feelings!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
There is something about lighting that has always interested me. I really believe the lighting in a room is everything to the rooms feel and vibe. You can totally control how the room feels just by altering the lighting. I’ve always been attracted to industrial things like steel, machinery, chains, rust, etc. So it was a natural combination for me. Some of the challenges I have overcome include teaching myself any skill I needed to bring my artistic visions to light. I’ve taught myself how to weld, cut glass, powder coat and how electronics and switches work just to name a few. I think it helps that I have a genuine curiosity and love of learning new things. Every skill I acquire I feel I grow as an artist but more importantly I learn about myself in the process! If I could have people take away one thing from reading about my story it would be that you can accomplish anything if you just put some effort into it. The first lamp I built was not the greatest but they have gotten better each time. Art is process where you build your skills and you build yourself in the process. Just put a small amount of effort into the universe and you will be surprised what comes back to you. 🙂
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Well my family and friends have always encouraged me to create my art. Its very important to have people around you that care about you and support you! Although I have met many great people who have helped and inspired me along the way I would say the most important person would be my mom. She always encouraged me to draw, paint, play guitar and anything else I wanted to pursue as a child and young adult. She was the most amazing person and I am truly blessed to have been her son. 🙂