We asked some of the city’s leading artists and creatives to tell us about how they decided to pursue an artistic or creative career.  We’ve shared some highlights below.

Andy Humphries | Model, Actor & Business Owner

I feel that working a 9-5 for the rest of my life just isn’t for me. I’ve always been more of an artistic person so it was an easy choice to decide to start my own business and work for myself. I also do modeling and acting as well so I feel that I’m very passionate about the entertainment industry as well as being a creative person. Read more>>

Angela Zancanaro | Jewelry Designer & Metalsmith

Growing up in rural Oregon my mom often prompted me to build fairy cages, make candles with my crayons, or draw for entertainment. I would sit in my room and draw for hours and let my imagination run wild by creating new characters and creatures. Both my parents were entrepreneurs and always instilled in me that I could be anything that I wanted to be, so from a very young age I knew I wanted to pursue an artistic career. It took me many years of school to discover just what type of art would be my medium. Evolving from architecture to drawing and painting and picking up photography along the way, I finally discovered my passion for metal in college. I promptly switched majors graduating with a BFA in jewelry and metal arts from the Academy of Art University and haven’t looked back since. Read more>>

Andrew Carson III | Architect

Architecture is a very challenging field, there are no right or wrong answers in design, so exploring the many opportunities to meet the clients programmatic needs is a wonderful adventure. Read more>>

Patricia Carberry (Tyser)

I never made an active to decision to have a career as an artist. I feel as if it pursued me. I’ve been fascinated with glass for as long as I can remember. As a student at a nearby college in Rochester, NY, I took a stained glass class and was instantly hooked. After a time, I was commissioned to created custom, one of a kind and limited edition windows for commercial and residential establishments. After 25 years I began to work in warm or fused glass, and continue to work in hot glass, creating beads and jewelry. Texture and fiber continue to intrigue me, and I am spending some time during the quarantine to experiment with textured pieces. Read more>>