It's interesting how one can become so obsessed with a dream. We all have them. Aspirations that we choose to make our goal in life.
When I think back in my childhood, I'm amazed that despite the decades of obstacles in my journey, my goal has always been to be part of a story-world. When I was young I wanted to be a cartoonist for Disney. We lived so close to Disneyland. Our family visited the park the first week of it's opening and I was completely enamored by this 'other world'.
In those days Mickey Mouse and Snow White were simple drawings, and I wanted to be one of the artists who drew them! The thought of working with other artists and producers and musicians in a Disney environment was utopia to me!
But the time wasn't right, not for me, and not for my parents. The early sixties was an era of turmoil. College selection was scrutinized. Vietnam and civil rights stirred controversy on college campuses. These were the days of riots in Watts, Kent, Berkeley. Just as my father had to abandon his dream of being a commercial artist because of WWII, I was discouraged from pursuing my dream. He warned me that I had better find a more stable course for my life. He wanted me safe and secure. A teacher, a lawyer, a nurse...I was to choose one of those professions or marry into them.
Needless to say there was a glitch in my life that kept me well off the trail.
Fifty years later I am in a comfortable place still following my dream. I may not get that job at Disneyland, but there are other worlds out there that need nurturing, and with the help of friends who believe in the vision, the stories are coming to fruition. I doubt I will ever give up.
Our goal now is to bring Ian's Realm to reality. I've thought it, I've written it, I've recorded it, I've had someone sing its songs.This world is magic, intrigue, peril, and even a touch of humor. Now we want to make it a movie.
To raise funds, I'm offering some of my artwork. We're having an auction here in Port Orchard. If there is any piece any of you are interested in, please write me a message and perhaps we can barter. We need to raise $20,000. I probably have more than enough in my studio in the form of fine art.