We had the good fortune of connecting with Dion Tomasini and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dion, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
The work life balance has been by far the hardest part so far. I have a 2.5 year old daughter and a wife who I love spending time with. It’s a struggle to make sure I am completing all the jobs that I have at the warehouse and also making sure I am home and present with my family. I may think that something I am doing for work is really important but really my family is the most important. Finding a balance between working hard and giving my girls my full attention was difficult but now I couldn’t be happier with the task!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
For a long time I didn’t really have a direction. I did all sorts of different kinds of jobs. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, I just knew I worked hard. Working with art was not on my radar. I randomly got asked to help an artist with his upcoming show. So I worked in his studio for about a month and when the show opened I got asked by the gallery if I wanted to work for them full time. Ever since then I have worked in some form of the art world. Nothing about what I have worked on has been easy. It’s a lot of figuring it out on the fly. Every situation is different. There is no manual for working with art.

I think what I’m most excited about now is the relationships I’ve made with galleries, artists, private clients. It’s been really nice to meet people from every aspect of art. They are all very very different.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, that’s easy for me. If you are staying in the west side then you eat at Gilbert’s el Indio. If you are staying closer to mid city you eat at El Coyote. That’s it!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My wife, Tianna, deserves a ton of credit. There’s a lot of times when I have to leave the house early or get home late. She is constantly supporting me and allowing me to take the time that I need for work. Ben Milch also needs a shout out! He is the backing behind all that we do and it’s because of him that we have been able to grow like we have.

Website: Si-artprojects.com

Instagram: @dionlovecrate

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