|Brynn and me, at the end of all things (till next year)|
I've been sitting here at my keyboard for the last 40 minutes trying to figure out where to start, how I could possibly line up the experience of last weekend and pick a starting point. I've just realized I'm an idiot, I know exactly where to start.
THANK YOU ARNIE AND CATHY FENNER!
In 2003 I flew to the Bay Area from Bangkok Thailand, to attend a school I had never seen in a place I had never been to. I knew vaguely that I wanted to be an "illustrator" but honestly I barely knew the meaning of the word, to say I had no idea what I was doing is putting it lightly. Then, in a random dorm room a kid I didn't know handed this huge book, SPECTRUM 10. When I cracked that thing open I knew who I wanted to be, what I wanted to do and most importantly I knew there was a place for me.
Spectrum Fantastic Art Live has given us all a place to belong, where for a weekend we can completely indulge and not meter our selves. One can vent their frustrations on trying to mix the same temperature of white then turn around and share their opinion on the latest film adaptation of their favorite book. Mutual respect and gushing admiration happen in the same breath.
It's been this progression of finding my place in the community. From opening my first Spectrum and realizing that there even was a community, to somehow sharing a space on those pages and now to meet and share a drink with people whom I've admired from a far for so long.
Thank you again Cathy and Arnie, you've given us all a place to belong.