When I talk to customers and potential customers, I'm usually asked what city I'm based out of. When I say Colorado Springs, I almost always hear 2 things: "Oh, Colorado is so beautiful!" and " What's with all the sculptors living in Colorado Springs??"
Yes, on the surface, it does somewhat odd. Garman, Blackshear, Patterson, and Stearman all live here, too. My good friend and fellow sculptor Rick Lewis also lived here up until his untimely death in 2005. So, what's up with that? I think it comes down to a few factors – yes, Colorado IS beautiful. It's God's country. It has a high number of sunny days,wide open spaces,a couple of vineyards, a LOT of wildlife, and a great climate. On top of that, we have an insane number of restaurants. You can always find a place to eat, 24 hour a day. But it's also more than that; there is a slightly odd prevailing attitude here ( could be the lack of oxygen at 7,000 feet, I don't know). Not sure what I mean? The photos here should give you an idea. Colorado Springs has always had an unusual mix of yuppie and hippie, with a bit of Mayberry thrown in. Where else are you going to see hot rod handicap stickers and double entendre veterinarian signs?
The biggest factor is that Colorado Springs is a military town. We have five bases here: Ft. Carson, Peterson AFB, Shriever AFB,USAFA, and NORAD.Rumor has it that there's a Stargate at NORAD, but I digress.This city is a networking dream; it's the perfect place for artists who works are military-themed to get good exposure.I personally meet with many of our military folks to get ideas. I ask them what is it they would like to see for an award or collectible. They're always very forthcoming with suggestions.
Now, just because you don't live here in Colorado Springs doesn't mean that you can't call me and give me your suggestions. In fact, I have a new piece coming in January that is based on a suggestion.I welcome all feedback. Feel free to shoot us an idea in an email. You can also call. Post an idea on my Facebook page. I like having customers and militarypeople get involved and give me a fresh perspective. But, please don't suggest any Stargate pieces. Not that I believe in the rumor...but why take a chance of NORAD officials knocking on your door at 2 a.m.?
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