“My secret to not getting stuck in the first place is to stay curious and fascinated with the world and to have the confidence to nerd out about stuff that might not be cool until you filter it through your art brain.”

Rather than a singular source of individual wisdom, he’s a human interface. He connects people with ideas, strangers with nature, raw materials with chisels.

“Having [the MCAD faculty] in this small community of the arts and being able to work with them—even just talking to them—is motivating. They are people who are doing what they want to do, and you can see that it’s doable.”