This week we welcome Patrick Dougherty to our interview platform here on “Living in Creative Spirit.”
- By day, I am a (CPA) certified public accountant and by night I am a CPA (creative playful artist).
- I was born in St. Louis, MO and grew up in Overland Park, KS.
- I attended KU & Rockhurst College and majored in accounting and have an MBA in finance.
- I formerly owned a home remodeling company.
- I am married to my best friend, Julie Connor.
- I have four children.
- I do not have formal art training.
- I love nature and observing the small things around me.
What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Art still has truth, take refuge there.”
Matthew Arnold & inscribed on the west side exterior of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
What is one book that has inspired you?
The Artist Way by Julia Cameron
Do you have a favorite flavor of ice-cream?
Jamcoa Almond Fudge – Baskins-Robins
If you were a super hero what would your name and super power be?
My name would still be Pat Dougherty (like Underdog – humble and loveable) and I would have the eyes of a hawk.
What role does spirituality play in your creative work?
Meditation frees my mind from all outside distractions and self-doubt & judgement which allows creativity to enter.
What is your favorite creative outlet?
I enjoy making things with my hands. I create paper and wire sculptures. I like to paint (particular oils).
What inspires your creative work?
I observe the small things around me.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about maintaining my sense of humor and adventure.
Do you have a daily spiritual practice?
Gratitude & Acceptance
How do you move through creative blocks?
Sometimes it takes a wrecking ball, dynamite and a bulldozer to clear the wreckage when I experience a creative block. Meditation seems to work best though.
How do you inspire the Creative Spirit in others through your work?
I try to make my art playful.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on oil paintings and paper sculptures.
What tip would you give readers to help them nurture their Creative Spirit?
Let go of judgement, become one with your art, and get lost in the creative experience.
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven art.” – Pat Dougherty version of Matthew 18:3
Where can readers learn more about you and your work?
You can learn more about me on my Pat Dougherty ART Facebook page and on Pinterest.
About this Interview Series
“Living In Creative Spirit,” is an online interview series featuring creative individuals who blend spirituality and creativity in their lives and work. Interviews are published weekly on Monday at 12:00 CT. The Summer 2018 session features registered members of Unity Artists Coalition. Follow this link to learn more about membership: Unity Artists Coalition.
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