I have always tried to live my life by design. It drives me, inside and out. It’s been a source of passion and satisfaction through good times and bad. I don’t see ever putting it aside or retiring from it. On a personal level, my wife and partner, Maren, shares my love of design, architecture and fine art, and living by design has been the model ever since we met.
On a professional level, problem solving through visual communication remains my ultimate passion. I love that moment when the image becomes clear and tangible — or when the line turns to form. You might say, the linea forma moment.
After many years in a home with no garage, the recent move to a new home has given me a garage and workshop just below my office. A workshop! It’s been a while since I designed and built a piece of furniture, and an old passion may be returning. So many ideas…!
A long time ago, my son Travis took a break after two years of college and came to work with me. Nine years of a creative relationship with Travis was an experience I loved every day, but I always knew it wasn’t his true passion. He had yet to find his own path. When his wife, Kris, went back to school, he helped her study for her nursing degree and his own interest in science was awakened. Fast forward four years. This weekend he received his own Bachelor of Science degree in Micro/Molecular Biology at Portland State University. I am the proud father of a scientist! Congratulations Travis and Kris! Live your passion.
“Living by design” can mean something different for everyone. Travis and Kris’s shared love of science now gives them a new passion that flows through their lives together every day. It is their design. I’m happy. What more could anyone want for their children? Or themselves? Or anyone else? Best wishes and creative living to all!Share this: