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Coming Up…A New E-terview Series; Nonprofit Leadership

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Leadership….what is it? I have a whole leadership focused business management degree, and while I was toiling away in all those classes I learned what the experts had to say on the subject, and I also formed my own opinions along the way. The concept of leadership means different things to different people, and not surprisingly, expectations of leadership vary from organization to organization.  I see leadership as a complex concept that involves the degree to which an individual or group of individuals purposely and systematically influences the opinions, priorities, and behaviors of others.

Unlike the experts, I believe that leadership can be either positive or negative. I remember having somewhat of a contentious debate with one of my instructors at one time, regarding whether or not Adolf Hitler was a leader. I argued that he was–just a really, really bad one, and my instructor toed the line of conventional business management wisdom that he was not, because with leadership there is an inherent implication of positive influence. Since I think that leaders can be positive or negative, good or bad, I also think leadership is all about choices. Everyone involved with an organization can be a leader (that is in line with the experts), and every individual makes choices and groups of choices–daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, that affect the degree to which he or she is able to influence others around them, and also whether that influence will amount to a positive or a negative for the organization overall.

The nonprofit sector is all about doing good, right? So, every formal (and informal) nonprofit leader arguably sets out to help their particular organization do the most good, for the most clients, and to leave a positive impact on the world, as defined by their mission, which technically could be at odds with some other nonprofit’s mission, but usually is not. They also usually believe strongly in that mission too, or they wouldn’t be associated with that nonprofit, at least not for long. And, they want to influence others–their peers, their subordinates, their bosses on the board of directors, donors, grantmakers, and the community around them, to help them and their organization do good!

So how do real life nonprofit leaders, out there in the trenches where life and work is tough sometimes, have a positive influence, and influence others to help them achieve a vision? There’s only one way to find out–ask them! And that’s what I intend to do in an upcoming E-terview series on Nonprofit Leadership. I want to talk to real nonprofit leaders, preferably from different places, working in different industries, about how they define leadership, and how they carry it out day to day in the nonprofits they are associated with. I had a lot of fun with my Authentic Winner E-terview series, and I think this one will be just as interesting and engaging, for me, and you too.

So, stay tuned over the next few weeks as I talk to nonprofit leaders about what leadership means to them, their own successes and mistakes, and they share their wisdom with us about how they have a positive influence, and we can too! I have a couple of folks lined up for this, but am open to new e-terview-ees. If you work for a nonprofit organization of any size, and manage or coordinate either people or a function, I’d love to talk to you! If you’re interested in being featured, please comment here, or drop me a line at wittybizgal@gmail.com

5 #Winners & 5 Truths About #Winning

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In March, I began a journey of discovery. Like the rest of America, and probably the rest of the free world that follows celebrity related pop culture, I watched in awe and a certain degree of disgust as actor Charlie Sheen flitted around television and the internet (now the country) claiming he was a warlock, and telling the world that he was a winner who was #winning, and the rest of us were trolls. As this circus act unfolded, I began to think about the concept of winning….who was winning, what it meant to win, and, now that the word had been defiled to an extent, what was the future of winning in general. I knew only one thing for sure about winning-Charlie Sheen wasn’t doing it. He was having some sort of career and personal life destroying breakdown, but winning? Er, no…

Somewhere in the midst of all of this, I realized that I am lucky to know a lot of awesome people…most of whom are just more or less living regular lives, some of whom have attained some notoriety, but all are most definitely Authentic Winners in life, unlike our friend Charlie. So, I thought wouldn’t it be cool to interview them and feature them in my new blog because they are the sort of people who actually are worthy of admiration for the things they are doing, at least a few moments in the spotlight, and millions of Twitter followers. I also wanted to explore this whole concept of winning for myself, so that I could define specifically what a winner does, how a winner acts, and how a winner conducts the life that they’ve been given.

Just to recap, over the last several weeks, I talked to the following authentic winners:

Scoliosis Awareness Advocate, Kerrie Bassow

Knit Creation Artist, Sharmon Cate Hardin

Renowned Miniature Clothing Artist, Jon Coffelt

Professional Photographer, Phil Hunt

And last but certainly not least,

Author and Motivational Speaker, Mary Foley

Each of these winners is vastly different from one another, which was purposeful on my part, because I believe that winners can come from all walks of life, and certainly don’t have to follow some set template for winning. I thoroughly enjoyed my “E-terviews” with each and every one of these individuals! They were all interesting, engaging, giving, and so very gracious. Without exception, each of them thanked me several times for featuring them in my blog. Imagine that! Trust me, readers, the pleasure was all mine, to have the opportunity to get a peek inside the lives and winning life strategies of true blue, authentic winners!

Despite their surface differences, by the time I had completed and posted all five of the E-terviews, I noticed a few common characteristics in the lives of each of these winners—traits and activities which, in the end, informed and further shaped my own concept of winning….

1) Winners aren’t afraid to be themselves and take their own paths in life. Each of my E-terviewees had some interest or another that was uniquely theirs—not someone else’s plan for them. They were brave enough to figure out who they were, what really interested them, what they wanted out of life, and they went for it!

2) Inevitably, each of my featured winners incorporated a strong desire to help others into their individual life path. In other words, there was not one winner on my list who had a totally self centered motivation for doing what they were doing. Each of these people are exceptional because they used their talents and their vision for good, to ultimately leave the world better than they found it.

3) Each and every one of the people I interviewed met with obstacles in life. What made them different, however, was that they each immediately set out to figure out innovative ways to either obliterate or find a pathway around the obstacles. They were not easily discouraged from achieving their goals and dreams.

4) Each winner I spoke with was literally brimming with self confidence, self assurance, and an unwillingness to let other people discourage them. In other words, it appears that a necessary ingredient for winning in life is to believe in yourself. This is not to be confused with narcissistic overconfidence, such as that which Mr. Sheen is exhibiting right now. Self confidence married with a humble, kind nature makes a winner.

5) And finally, winners are never afraid to evaluate the direction they have taken in order to regroup and even reverse course as needed, or to evaluate themselves to undertake reinvention of self. Winners purposely evolve over time, and if something isn’t working, the winner recognizes it, and acts accordingly to move forward to win another day!

I learned a lot from talking to real live Authentic Winners and finding out what makes them tick. If you already read the 5 E-terviews I posted with Kerrie, Sharmon, Jon, Phil, and Mary, then thanks! If not, I’d encourage you to take the time to click the links above and get to know these folks a little better. After all, every budding winner could use a little inspiration from some great role models!

Until next time…

A WittyBizGal Authentic Winner E-terview; Author and Motivational Speaker Mary Foley

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I met Mary Foley a few months ago when she traveled here to Florida to deliver the keynote speech for my organization’s Independence Program graduation ceremony. Our purpose is to empower women in our community to work toward their own independence—financial, and otherwise. Many of our graduates had fought tough battles over the nine months they were with us in order to reach that amazing day when they could stand up assert to all of us in the audience that they had made impressive strides, and were well on their way to being strong, independent women who were now prepared to support themselves and give back to the community.

These gals deserved something special—or should I say someone really special, and Mary Foley did not disappoint! She made the graduates and all of us in the audience laugh and cry and feel great about being women. Then she inspired each of us to look inside and first figure out what we (not our mothers, our husbands, our sisters, or our kids) wanted out of this life we’ve been given—and told us to go out there and get it!

So, for this fifth and final in my series of Authentic Winner E-terviews, I am so honored that Mary graciously agreed to share with us a little bit about who she is, what she found out that she wanted out of life, and how she got it. I know you’ll love Mary Foley as much as I do, and will be inspired to get out there and live your own dreams, whether you’re a man or a woman.

WBG: Mary, you jumpstarted your career at a little company called America Online, back when it really was little. What was the one most important thing you learned during your time at AOL about being a successful working woman?

Mary Foley: When I was 23 years old with a newly earned industrial engineering degree, the only thing I knew was what I didn’t want for my career. I didn’t want to be an engineer!  I truly wished that someone would have waved a magic wand to tell me what I should do, where I should direct myself. There wasn’t anyone. It was up to me to decide, so I decided to move to a metropolitan area with lots of jobs and get started in something, anything, to pay the bills. From there, I could evaluate and make more choices.

I learned a lot of lessons during my AOL career, but the biggest one I learned is that you are in charge of your career. You are ultimately the only one responsible for your career (and life for that matter). And the first hurdle to success is between your ears. You have to determine where you want to take your career. There’s no waiting for someone to tell you, there’s no pre-determined path. So, learn all you can from mentors. Utilize all the career development opportunities that are offered by your employer and otherwise. But, the final direction and decisions regarding your career are up to you.

WBG: These days you travel all around the country teaching women how to “increase their sanity, confidence, and fun” and talk to women about women’s issues on your “Girlfriend We Gotta Talk” radio show when you’re back home in Virginia. I bet you’ve learned a lot about women! What are three things we all have in common, no matter what our walk of life, income level, or educational & career background?

Mary Foley: We are so much more alike than we are different!  We all want to feel good about who we are, we all want to feel confident in being able to handle life, and there’s not a woman yet that I’ve met that doesn’t want to laugh more often and more easily. The good news is that since so many women want the same thing, we can share what works and be there to support one another!

WBG: Who is the most interesting guest you’ve ever interviewed and featured on your radio show, and why?

Mary Foley: We’ve had so many great guests that it’s hard to pick just one.  However, a person who jumps to mind as exceptional is Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author, featured speaker on The Secret, and transformational expert. She’s so good that she is one of the very few guests we’ve had on our show twice!  What makes her stand out is that she so effectively pierces through emotional and mental clutter with her straightforward concepts and poignant stories. The research findings she shared about being “happy for no reason” or experiencing “love for no reason” spoke to my head and her real stories spoke to my heart. I even got unexpectedly choked up on-air, which is very unusual for me!  I won’t forget that anytime soon…

WBG: If I decided to branch out and start a WittyBizGal cosmetics company, I would want to include a nail color line. I want to name 3 nail polishes; one for you, one for your mother, and one for your radio co-host. What would I call those three polishes, and what colors would they be?

Mary Foley: I would say I have 3 fabulous colors that I’ve already created that are perfect for you!

  • “Perfection is SOOO Over-rated” is my cappuccino nail color that I like wearing myself that’s a perfect reminder for my driver personality to just chill.
  • “Little Miss Smarty Pants” is a fun medium purple color that was created to honor my mom who would teasingly use the phrase to describe me and my sisters. I always smile when I say this nail color name!
  • “Laughter is My Face Lift” perfectly describes my friend and “Girlfriend We Gotta Talk!” radio show co-host Susie Galvez.  We share lots of laughs, even when we’re talking about serious subjects. And, the fact that she’s a beauty expert just tops it off!

Good luck on your WittyBizCal cosmetics line! ;D

WBG: Your book, Live Like Your Nail Color, along with its related speaking engagements and parties has been wildly popular and successful in getting busy women like me to sit down and think about who we really are & what we want out of life, all while taking a much needed break while our nail color dries. Can you give us a hint about what we can expect next from Mary Foley?

Mary Foley: Given these challenging times, women want more ideas on creating sanity for their lives and confidence for their careers. So, I’m redesigning my website maryfoley.com and creating a Facebook page to share more ideas to help. In addition, I’ve created some new live, in-person programs including about thriving on change and tapping into the secrets of successful women. I look forward to a continued conversation – we’re all in this together!

WBG: Mary, I couldn’t have said it better myself! And I think I can speak for women everywhere when I say that with an advocate like you on our side, our potential for #AuthenticWinning will know no limits! Thanks for allowing us a little peek inside Mary Foley’s World. 🙂

Mary’s Latest Book, Live Like Your Nail Color, is Available on Amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/eyOFu2

To Plan Your Very Own “Live Like Your Nail Color” Party, or to Arrange for Mary Foley to Speak at Your Next Event, Please Visit Her Professional Website at: www.maryfoley.com

To Listen to Recorded Full Radio Broadcasts of Girlfriends Mary Foley & Susie Galvez, Visit Girlfriend We Gotta Talk’s Website: http://www.girlfriendwegottatalk.com/

To Follow Mary on Twitter: @BodaciousMary

A WittyBizGal Authentic Winner E-terview; Photographer Phil Hunt

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Phil Hunt has been helping to make the world a more beautiful place by capturing artistic and impactful images for the past few decades now. I had the opportunity to collaborate closely with him on our family genealogy website, On the Rhodes, a couple of years ago and I found him to be not only exceptionally skilled in working with images and web design, but also very meticulous and fully committed to presenting only the highest quality imagery for our site. So, for this 4th in my series of Authentic Winner E-terviews, I looked no further than my own backyard gene pool. Because Phil Hunt is not only one of the best professional photographers in the business, he’s also my cousin, I’m proud to say!

WBG:  Phil, you’ve been taking pictures for a good portion of your adult life, and have been a professional photographer most of that time. When and how did you first discover your interest in photography, and what made you decide to make a career out of it?

PLH:  I think it started when I was around 8 or 9 years old. My mother used to bring home Life and Look magazine. I was always so amazed by the incredible pictures of all the beautiful people inside. I loved the back cover most of all though…The Breck Girl stole my heart in 1955.

Twelve years later, I got drafted and spent a year in Hanau, Germany before I went to Vietnam. Marvin, a friend of mine, used to walk around town and take pictures of things he found interesting just for fun. I asked him one day why he did it. “Well”, he said, “I do it because I like it and someday, I might take a picture that will make me rich”. “How so?” I asked. “The Hindenburg”, he said. “The guy that took the picture of the Hindenburg exploding was paid $10,000 for that one picture!” I bought my first camera on payday later that month and have been taking pictures ever since.

Emporium Capwell Cover 1985

WBG:  Your work is beautiful, and you seem to capture images in moments that the rest of us might allow to pass by unnoticed. What exactly is it that you see that makes your finger snap the photo at just that moment? In other words, in general, what makes a great shot?

PLH: Thank you!  It’s hard to say what makes a great shot. Much of my work has been still life product shots specifically designed for advertising or catalogue purposes. Those types of shots are meticulously set up and meticulously styled by a talented stylist and art director. Most of the work involved is in setting a mood to make them look good to a specific type of consumer. That is done by creative use of lighting and styling, building sets or searching for locations. It’s a compromise between making a nice photo and still showing enough of the product so that potential buyers will know what they are buying–truth in advertising and all that you know. So, to answer your question, with this type of shot you just fiddle with it until it looks right and then shoot two or three frames and it’s done.

Macys Christmas Catalogue Cover 1973

When there are models involved it’s a little different. When they arrive at the studio you start to build a rapport with them so they get to know you, and you them a little. You explain to them what they are going to be shooting and what is expected of them. When the model(s) are out of makeup and properly styled and dressed I escort them to the set and tell them how I like to shoot. I explain that I will take a shot about every two seconds and they are to have a pose or “look” ready for me when the lights flash. It helps to set a rhythm… kind of like dancing.

Christy Turlington for SF Chronicle – Full page Newspaper Ad 1985

I guess great shot is one that fulfills its intended purpose. If you like it and it makes you happy then it’s a great shot. Usually, you know it when you see it go by in the viewfinder. How’s that for skirting the issue?

Rene Russo Outtake From a Macys Jewelry Catalogue 1973

WBG:  During the 70’s & 80’s you worked in the beautiful city of San Francisco, first for Macy’s, and then independently from your own studio. During that time in your professional career, you had the opportunity to photograph several celebrities—some were famous at the time, and some became well known later. Who was your favorite celebrity subject, and why?

PLH:  Without a doubt it had to be Rene Russo. She flew in to San Francisco from New York on the red eye flight and walked into the studio half asleep with her hair looking a little disheveled. Well actually, it was a lot disheveled.  She went straight to the back of the studio where all the mattresses were kept, threw one down on the floor and laid down for a nap.  “Wake me up in an hour”, she said.  When she woke up we had a couple of jewelry shots to shoot which we finished in about an hour and then we went to lunch.  I think what I like most about Rene is that she’s a regular person. That and the fact that she has the most incredible drop dead gorgeous face I have EVER seen.  She wasn’t the least bit pretentious like many of the other models of that era.

Restore and Colorize WWII Fighter Pilot Crew About 1945

Restored for Family 2009

John Slighton (on left) was Awarded the Navy Cross

WBG:  Tell us about your work with photographic restoration. What sparked your interest in preservation of the past, and why do you feel it is important to restore images of days gone by?

PLH:  I am a Baby Boomer. My Dad and Uncles were in WWII and also lived through the Great Depression of the 30’s. My mom took tons of pictures to send to my dad before they were married and Dad sent pictures back to mom when he could. I guess it was a very popular thing to do in those days because I have hundreds if not thousands of old photographs. I grew up looking at those photos over and over until I couldn’t look at them anymore.  Eventually my mom boxed them up with the intent of organizing them and having some of them copied so they would be around for future generations. By then, I was off on my own and had forgotten all about them.  I forget exactly when it was but I think it was the early 80’s when mom sent me a shoe box full of them and asked if i would make copies for her.  I said yes and promptly stuck them on a shelf and forgot about them again.

William Rhodes Date Unknown

Restored 2007

I moved to a new house in the late 90’s.  Lo and behold there were those old pictures again. I just could not escape!  By this time, I had a computer and was learning to use Photoshop.  So, it was a natural…a box of old photos, a computer and Photoshop.  I was in my 50’s by then and I looked at the photos with new perspective this time.  The people in those pictures were my family and all I had left of them was right there in that box.  There will not be enough time for me to restore them all but now and then I pick one out and start working on it. When you work in Photoshop, for those who aren’t familiar with it, you need to work at sizes that make them appear life size on the screen.  It can be a rather eerie feeling.  It may sound strange but I swear that sometimes late at night looking at those familiar faces, I see a little twinkle in an eye and a hint of a smile. It’s probably just eye strain. It’s just something I have to do… The labor of love if you will.

Model Headshot 2007

WBG:  I think my readers will be interested to learn that you are still very much a working photographer. What sort of projects are you involved with now, and what image services do you offer to models, organizations, and individuals?

PLH:  At the present time I’m working with local models {Grand Rapids, Michigan Area} shooting head shots to help them update their portfolios. I am also planning a major change in the direction and scope of my work to something totally different than what I’ve been doing all these years.  Exactly what that will evolve into I don’t know for sure but I do know that an occasional re-invention of one’s self is a good thing.

Model Headshot 2011

WBG: I agree! You know, as Baby Boomers collectively approach and pass retirement age, I’m sure there are many out there who have lived their lives, raised their children, enjoyed a rewarding career, etc., but are wondering what is next for them in this new and exciting chapter of their lives. It does seem that gone are the days when a retiree simply accepted their gold watch and went home to just relax. Characteristically, your generation is currently re-defining social and cultural norms, with a majority desiring to remain vital and actively make new and innovative contributions to society. Since you are in the midst of this yourself, what three pieces of advice do you have for other Baby Boomers looking to re-invent themselves?

PLH:

1.  It’s easy to lose track of your dreams. Try to find them again and if they are still important to you now is the time to start living them.

2.  Remember what we learned from our parents. They fought the Great War and made tremendous sacrifices for us and generations yet to come. Don’t let their efforts be forgotten. Share their stories with your kids and grandchildren.

3.  This could be the time when your life is just beginning.  Make the most of it.

“Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along. Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder where those years have gone”. ~ I Hope You Dance Songwriters: Mark D. Sanders, Tia Sillers / Performed by: Lee Ann Womack

For Bookings or to Browse More of Phil’s Work, Please Visit His Professional Website At: http://www.plhphotography.com/

To Follow Phil on Twitter: @PLHPhoto

Model Headshot 2007

A WittyBizGal Authentic Winner E-terview; Artist Jon Coffelt

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Powder Blue Cosmos on Space Blue Field
acrylic, canvas (heavy stretcher)
30.5×30.5 cm (12×12″)

When I first saw the work of New York artist Jon Coffelt, I was blown away by his originality, his use of color and form, and especially his genuine character, which shines through in every piece he creates. The icing on the cake where Jon is concerned, however, is that he has chosen to utilize his exceptional talent not only to make quite a name for himself in the art world, but to create meaningful miniature works of art which capture the essence of individuals. These particular pieces bring joy to people who commission them as keepsakes for themselves, and also serve as a touching and unique memento for those who are left behind when a loved one passes on. I am so pleased to present this third in my Authentic Winner E-terview series. Readers, you are in for a real visual treat, as well as an opportunity to learn more about this very talented, yet wonderfully humble and gracious artist!

 

 

WBG: Jon, you grew up in small, rural areas of Tennessee, where there probably wasn’t as much access to art or formal art lessons as young aspiring artists in urban areas can take full advantage of. When did you first discover your love of art, as well as your own amazing innate talent? Did you have a special person in your life as a youngster, and/or a professional mentor who helped nurture your artistic development?

JC: My grandfather was my mentor. He was an artist in his own right. He helped me understand color. One of the things I remember him telling me was that “I would have to learn to draw things from nature before I could understand abstraction.” In his words, “I have to paint what was on the outside before I could paint what was on the inside.”

 

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cotton, thread, buttons

15.5×15 cm

“These are from the pajamas my grandfather was wearing when he died in 1993. They are among the first of the garments that I miniaturized. They were an ode to him. Some special way for me to thank him for teaching me to love art, to love myself. Oh!, and another thing, my grandfather and I spent many, many Saturdays in the floor making doll clothes for Barbie. He will surely never be forgotten.” – Jon Coffelt, 1993

 

WBG: Please tell my readers about your Miniature Clothing Project! What is your overarching purpose in transforming pieces of clothing into art, and how might someone go about commissioning a piece made from their own, or a loved one’s special item?

JC: My purpose in working on my Miniature Clothing Project is to transform the idea of loss and memory by using garments that hold emotional value for their owner.

 

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cotton knit, knit

16×16.5 cm

“The miniature helped us transform our experience of Janet’s death. We used her garment as a celebration of her life. Her turtleneck is 100% cotton. She wore it in her retirement, when she could relax and spend time with us. The simplicity of the garment reminds us of her dedication to service. She was a real example of a disciplined life. Her legacy is one of simple truth, and intense dedication. Thank you for your assistance with our journey of letting her go.” ~ The Loved Ones Left Behind By Janet L. Engstrand 1926-2007

WBG: I think that some readers may assume that a special item like this from a renowned artist might be out of reach for them, but the Memory Clothing is actually relatively affordable. Could you tell us what the approximate cost of, say, their Dad’s favorite flannel shirt, or Grandma’s cardigan sweater, if you were to make these into Memory Art Pieces for them?

JC: My pricing starts at $250 for a regular shirt to $500 for a jacket or coat so this work is very well priced for your readers.

 

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cotton, thread, buttons

15×15 cm

“This is a miniature shirt that Johnny made from my favorite shirt. He bought it for me from Dee and Dee on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn for about $7, I love that shirt. Every time I wore it someone would say, “man that shirt is bright,” and I would reply, “no this is not my bright shirt.” (Just a little wry Shawn humor for those that don’t know me) I wore it so much that I put it on a couple of weeks ago and my hand went through the fabric in the sleeves. It’s the shirt that I am wearing in my first Facebook profile picture.” – Shawn Boley, 2009

 

WBG: On your website, you say that you are exploring duct tape as an art medium. Intriguing! What made you decide to work with it in your art? And what sorts of projects can we expect to see in the future from Jon Coffelt implementing duct tape? Do you often draw inspiration from everyday household items like this?

JC: In 1993 I designed a duct tape wallet and started playing with all the colors of duct tape that I could find. The wallets were featured in New York magazine and I did thousands. I had lots of scraps left over and these scraps became the material for the “Circuitry” series that I continue today. I still do special orders for wallets too. My future work always jumps ahead and then pulls back to meld with my older work so I am, at this point still not sure what I will be up to next but it will be exciting.

 

Cosmos Pink Spiral

duct-tape, vellum

91.5×91.5 cm (36×36″)

WBG: You’ve lived and worked in Manhattan for a number of years now, and began your career there in the fashion industry in the 80’s working with well known designer Willi Smith. How do you feel that working with fashion early on, as well as your surroundings and the cultural environment in the city have affected your current work and the pieces you produce now, and will produce in the future?

JC: My view of the art world has always been fluid. I mean everything is integrated. My art has always been about fashion, painting, sculpting and designing to me and living in New York affords me opportunities that I wouldn’t otherwise have.

Mayan Circuitry Fetish

duct-tape, Tyvek

129.5×129.5 cm (51×51″)

WBG: And finally, Jon, you have been so successful in your chosen career field, and I bet there are many budding young artists out there who could benefit from your wisdom. What three pieces of advice do you have for someone who thinks they may have talent and might like to pursue art as a career path?

JC:

1. Believe in yourself no matter what happens around you.

2. Have integrity in your work and in the world around you.

3. Never let the word “No” hurt you because it always opens a door to something new.

 

Jon talking to students at GCSU Georgia College and State University,  Milledgeville GA

WBG: Jon, that is wonderful advice for anyone who wants to live their dream, be it as an artist, or some other profession! Thank you so very much for taking the time to talk with us. It has been a pleasure!

To learn more about Jon Coffelt and his art, or if you would like to contact Jon to commission an original Miniature Clothing Piece, please visit his professional website at: http://joncoffelt.com/home.html