Mike Eugene Mathes is an American artist who always has something to say in his work. A deep thinker and a dedicated son of his craft. Like all artists he is on an artistic journey. His expression through sculpture and painting show a thoughtful man in the midst of self discovery.
Thanks Mike for your honesty and vulnerability in answering these questions.
TSP: What do you love most about your life?
MEM: Being a parent and being able to share life with my son. After some years apart and knowing kids grow and life slips by quickly I really appreciate it more. Art pulls a close second and the fact that I have turned my life in a direction that allows me to be involved in it full time.
TSP: If you could go back in time to when you were 20 years old and give yourself some advice – what would it be?
MEM: “Follow the path that feels right under your feet” This was the question that caused me to delay a little in writing back. The last couple of months since you sent me the interview questions for your blog have been challenging ones, maybe the culmination of a difficult decade. The answer I gave you was my first response. It stayed in the forefront of my mind as I was challenged by some moments when it was hard not to want to go back and make changes despite the blessings I do enjoy now.
TSP: What do you feel is the greatest lack in the world?
TSP: What is your definition of a spiritual person?
MEM: I think that good, bad or otherwise we are all spiritual beings but we vary in the amount we give attention to this and in how much we live our lives on a spiritual note.
TSP: Do you have a life philosophy that you follow?
MEM: I always try to remember the finite nature of our existence, at least in our current form. Rather than letting it be a morbid pondering I turn the focus positive and let it enhance my appreciation of the moment at hand whatever it may be.
TSP: What in your opinion, is the most important thing that parents can give their children to prepare them for life?
MEM: Unconditional love, spray paint and education. That way they know what they should express, how to say it well and they will possess the tools to do it even in the midst of adversity and suppression of love and positivity.
Mike Eugene Mathes website
Photo Credit: Circle 23 Photography, Portland OR, Circle23.com and private photos
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