We had the good fortune of connecting with Coulter Prehm and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Coulter, how do you think about risk?
Risk is a necessary factor of life that contributes to a sense of adventure and satisfaction when viewed in the correct light. I have never seen risk as negative, much to the contrary. Risk is inherent in everything we do and taking paths of less risk doesn’t necessarily lead to more security. For example, taking a standard nine-to-five job with benefits over deciding on a path of being self employed with less regular income only appears to be less risky, but that is simply and only a matter of perspective. The self employed path may have certain financial risks, especially in the beginning (eg. Not knowing if we will be able to make enough money to pay the mortgage, etc.), and that is easily recognizable, but the risk associated with signing up for a standard career, the possibility of selling your time (and therefore your life) to your employer while doing work you might not even enjoy, for the next 25 years, seems a much more unacceptable risk to me, personally. And even if you do enjoy the work, there is always the looming possibility that you will just be laid off, discarded, and have to start all over again; the security of the conventional work path seems largely illusionary. Risk is invigorating and can be a stimulus for personal growth and joy. Choosing risk in your life can immediately thrust you into a position where is it necessary for you to adapt and learn and change, and this is largely what is entailed in the act of living (as opposed to dying which is indicated by a lack of adapting, changing and growing).

It is important to recognize that we all have some kind of calling, an internal leading (think of this as the dream of who or what you desire to be) that we are being nudged toward. Following this leading will feel risky and will have many difficulties, but if we will pursue who we feel we are destined to be, with faith in the dream, all our needs will be met (this has been my experience) and we have the chance of actually living the life we have always dreamed to be possible. To me, this seems worth the risk.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I enjoy Beauty and beautiful things, and I firmly believe that the perpetuation of beauty by individuals in the Earth is the surest path we can take for bettering ourselves, the human race, and the planet. My art work is about observing beauty and life and attempting to communicate that observance with others. This is full of challenges. How do we actually share our internal journey and perspective with others in a way that is communicative and useful? At this point in the journey I feel that the best way forward is to think only of creating to the best of my ability and hoping that thoughtfulness coupled with creative work will eventually lead to the actualizing of my deepest desire for my art; that in the long term my work would affect persons in a positive and meaningful way. This aim sometimes seems vague when I think of it, but I feel that profundity is often hidden in simplicity. For example, to do good and to truly know ones self seem simple aims for life, but if we would pursue these ends we would surely experience a life worth living.

I love well constructed things as well. Whether that is a home or a bridge or music or a painting, process and craftsmanship are important to me. Of course we should always be experimenting and learning and playing, but if our work and/or life are lacking a sense of being well-made, I think that should be addressed. Beautiful things and lives are created with care and intentionality.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Is this about the city we live in? I reside in Santa Fe, NM. If you were visiting here I would tell you to go for a hike on ski basin or in Diablo Canyon. You should eat breakfast at Claufoutis before you do. And when you’re done hiking you should grab some food and a beer at Second Street Brewery. (Also, the hundreds of galleries in Santa Fe are worth a look too)

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to Tony Ryder who has been a teacher, mentor and dear friend to me over the years. Without him I wouldn’t possess the tools necessary to be pursuing art as a profession and, additionally, the example of his life has contributed to me being a better man.

I would also thank my parents and my wife, Liz. Life and the journey of living is made more secure and enjoyable when it is filled with people whom you love and are loved by.

Website: CoulterPrehm.com

Instagram: @CoulterPrehm

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