Visual Engineer

The world is but a canvas to our imagination.

~ Henry David Thoreau

Over the last couple of weekends I’ve helped neighbors with a few different projects. At least twice I was asked if I was an engineer after I made a suggestion. I had to chuckle. Nope, I’m an artist. Not all artists have a strongly developed spatial perception, but I’m one who does. I’m good at thinking in the third dimension. I’m good at problem solving and thinking through puzzles. So when I’m helping re-design something, or figuring out how to make on-hand materials work to solve a problem, I generally have suggestions. Those ideas often bring some form of the question – “are you an engineer?”

It seems like so many job titles have been expanded to include the word “engineer” these days. You’re not a cook at a restaurant, you’re a “food engineer.” So maybe I need to create a new title. I could be a Visual Engineer, or Visual Mechanic (I suppose that depends on if I’m designing or building.)

  • This week’s artist is – Lori Preusch– a local artist. This is another one of those times where I am shocked that I haven’t shared her work yet! If you’ve paid any attention at all, you’ve seen Lori’s work around town, though you might know the name Dandelion Press rather than Lori. Even if you are familiar with Lori’s work, it’s worth checking out her website and instagram for even more!

Perception and preconceived ideas are a funny thing. I tell people that I’m an artist and they’re surprised (especially after asking about the engineer thing.) They ask what I make and I say “mostly portraits and landscape paintings” and that’s often not what they expect. Maybe I’ll start testing out Visual Mechanic/Engineer as a title. I’m an innovator, a problem solver, and a master of my craft.

Creativity shows up in a lot of different ways – business ideas, garden design, floral arranging, painting, weaving, and so much more! No matter what art form you use to express your creativity, the world needs your art!

Matthew & the Art Supply House crew