Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Harvey.
Chris, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Artistic expression is interwoven in my genetic code – I truly entered the world immersed in art. My Sikh mother, Revina, was a couture fashion designer and interior decorator in London and my Scottish father, Stephen, was considered a renaissance man – balancing life as a music producer, songwriter, musician and carpenter in Los Angeles. My life transpired between London, Scotland, Los Angeles and New York. I believe growing up amongst different cultures and cities enriched my character with a combination of humility, adaptability, and gusto.
Music was the initial portal through which I experienced authentic self-expression, revealing an inherent aptitude. My love for and success with music triggered the subsequent discovery of a passion for photography and video. As I matured, I explored other artistic ventures; yet, beneath it all, an affinity for philosophy, surrealism and mysticism imbued each art form with the enchantment I was experiencing.
I desire to push beyond the status quo threshold and I am blessed with the life force to do so. I am always willing to explore, reveal and capture a magical moment in time through different creative mediums.
Has it been a smooth road?
I believe any soul who beams his/her way to Earth with a mission to receive and express art as a vocation, will be met with a winding road. As I have unraveled layers of familial, cultural and societal conditioning during my life, I have certainly journeyed into the polarities of human emotion. Without this personal journey, however, our life force and the magic of creativity is quelled and life feels stagnant and surface. Therefore, meeting each personal struggle with presence, open-mindedness and as much embodiment as possible, has allowed the universe to transform obstacles into opportunities.
What’s the hardest part of your job?
I feel the most challenging part of my business is allowing a natural flow of creative work into practical tasks and back again. This, combined with the multiple modes of art I create, is a true test of balance. Sometimes work is not smooth, nor does it always goes to plan and there will certainly be unexpected turns. Storms are not just limited to nature. The business side of art can be quite exhausting because it is necessary to measure something that, in essence, is truly immeasurable. As an artist, it can be easy to get caught up in the spontaneity of events and lose scheduled momentum – essentially neglecting the map, mission or purpose. Balancing the pleasure and pain of job/business/work is an art within itself.
What are you striving for, what criteria or markers have you set as indicators of success?
For me, success starts off with simply feeling successful and feeling successfully comes from offering myself up to each moment with as much authenticity, dedication and compassion as I have access to. If you do not feel successful, then you are certainly not in alignment to manifest success. When I feel successful, without any material component, this is when I am in a good space to manifest inspired thought into form. I think material success comes from inner alignment. Tapping into what truly feels best will naturally lead to good things coming about. If you’re measuring success based on what car you drive, then you’re limiting your life’s journey to just one dimension.
So, what should we be on the lookout for, what’s next in store for you?
My goals are infinitely refining themselves through this constant unraveling of evolution. My overall mission is to connect through the universal language of art with individuals who are progressive in nature and desire to create something inspiring where magic, wonder, and invention are at the source. I feel we are living in a powerful time, where we are noticing that there are so many possibilities to define who we are and what we really want and art is an amazing communicator to express that. Ultimately, I thrive when I keep creating, sharing and connecting.
- Website: http://www.chrisharveyart.com
- Phone: 310-894-2712
- Email: email@example.com
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