We had the good fortune of connecting with Will Day and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Will, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
There is no right answer to this question, the most important thing is to always believe in yourself and trust your intuition. With that said, I shifted my life and career back in a time of chaos in 2008 when the world’s economic system seemed to be collapsing. I could have then given up the dream of becoming an artist but I consciously made the choice to be a creative spirit, I was scared and afraid because it didn’t seem like that was the right decision to make at the time. But I continued to see if my path as an artist would manifest into something real and inspiring. The only thing constant during this period was change. Which for me meant being open-minded so that I could handle the coming challenges of uncertain times.
I gave myself two years to see if this new career path would generate opportunities for my family and me. After those two years, I would reevaluate the situation and think about other options.
Space for new creativity is not possible without assuming the risks associated with making change. In my life, it required me to listen to my gut and act on my impulse to create and I didn’t want to give that up.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What differentiates me is the constant curiosity to explore. I am led by my heart, which allows for unexpected discoveries of compositions and colors to come alive on my canvas.
The lessons I learned along the way are many. But the most important lesson is don’t be afraid to be curious and don’t be afraid to start over. Learn to be an example of growth, the best artists are the ones that are constantly challenging the status quo of how to be innovative and communicate through color.
Creating art helps me overcome challenges that I’ve been faced with. I have to paint. I have to be in my studio. It is essential to my core and my well-being as a creative person. I enjoy every day when I can be productive and create. I choose to accept who I am but also embrace how I integrate into the world around me. I try not to look ahead and focus on living in the moment.
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Each one of my family members gives me courage and deserves to be recognized for contributing to my artistic journey. My family is my greatest inspiration, from my mother who always encouraged me to find my creative spirit, and my father who taught me to think big, solve problems, and not limit myself. As well as my children and my wife, Aimee, always believing in my abilities to paint and encouraging me to pursue my true calling in life.
They remind me that we are all in this to guide and support one another. Financially, spiritually, emotionally they give me faith and belief that it is possible to do something unique and different. My family is my soundboard for reality and they help me overcome the challenges that I face in the art world.
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