Friday, June 6, 2008

How Did I Get Here??

I was not one of those people who dreamed of becoming an artist as a child. I also did not dream about a career as an accountant either but that’s where I was headed. Anybody familiar with Julia Cameron’s book “The Artist’s Way” knows about the limiting belief that there can only be one artist in a family.

My brother laid claim to that title at a very young age. His talent was evident even as a preschooler. My brother, Joe Murray, went on to create and produce award winning animated shows such as “Rocko’s Modern Life” for Nickelodeon and the Emmy winning “Camp Lazlo” for Cartoon Network. On top of all that (and more important) he is an amazing father to his two daughters and the best brother a girl could ask for. He is currently working on an independent animated film titled “Fish Head”. Can you tell how proud I am of him?

While his career path was fairly direct, it was unusual because he never worked a job that did not involve his art. He never got to experience the joys of waiting on tables or making coffee for the guy that signed your paycheck. My own path, on the other hand, could have circled the planet a couple of times. Since I was not the “artist” in the family or the “athlete” (that would be my sister), I was the designated book worm. Every family has one – don’t they? I loved to read and still do. I was also fairly good in math so a business degree seemed to make sense.

I attended junior and state colleges up and down the state of California and when I was in my mid thirties and the mother of two adorable preschoolers, I finally ended up at Sacramento State University. Here I was, on track to fulfilling my requirements for an accounting degree, when I decided to take a photography class to satisfy an art requirement.

I had taken photography classes before and loved to take pictures of my kids but something about this class, taught by Ralph Talbert, ignited something in me that many would say was an obsessive but passionate love of photography. I could not get enough. I was the first to come to class and the last to leave. I read all the books I could get my hands on and even talked my husband into turning one of our bathrooms into a darkroom.

It would be a few years before I would actually sell a photograph I made, but that’s another story........

I never did get my accounting degree but I am one of the few artists I know that can do their own sales tax return!

13 comments:

  1. Hi "Beyond Layers" friends. I know this is an old post and I apologize for that. I will be creating a separate blog and sharing there instead of here very soon!

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  2. You are a pretty good writer too.

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  3. Thank you so much for saying that! I appreciate it!

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  4. So nice that you came from a creative family. I agree you are a great writer.

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  5. Loved your story. I couldn't resist jumping over to some of your newer post and it's clear to see that your brother isn't the only one with artistic talent. Also, I too enjoyed the Yolo Wildlife area, but I'm waiting for a little warmer weather before visiting it again.

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  6. Well, it may be an old post but it is your creative story, so clever you for getting one ready ahead of time!

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  7. Thank you leaca and Carol! Carol, the rain is coming too, so it could be awhile before I get back there......

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  8. Great story, beautifully written. Looking forward to sharing this Beyond Layers adventure with you. :)

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  9. Beautifully written story, Dianne. You were born to create and also write. You were. :)

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  10. I enjoyed reading about how your journey has unfolded. Your flower work is stunning! So glad that you journeyed on and found YOUR path.

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  11. Thank you Angie and Cheryl! I appreciate the encouragement!

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