We had the good fortune of connecting with Jim Stevens and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jim, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
I see risk as accepting the possibility of loss, danger or injury but being courageous enough or foolish enough to go for a goal anyway. When I was in the Army, risk meant something different than it does today. Then it was life and death. Now it requires a different, more subtle, type of courage that in some ways takes even more commitment and strength.
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.
When I was young, I told my father I wanted to be an artist and a writer. He beat me black and blue, shouting no son of his was going to grow up like a starving artist in an attic. That day had an impact, resulting in several careers over my lifetime except art and writing. Art and writing would remain hobbies.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would have to take them to one of my favorite places, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. On another day we would visit the Denver Art Museum. But even more important would be a day trip over Quanella Pass starting from Georgetown and back around to Denver stopping at Red Rocks along the way (and going back later to catch a show).
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 children reignited the embers of my imagination and passion.
Jim Stevens Marla Keown Photography