Even if you are from the same neighborhood as someone else, you might still be coming from different places. Where you are from is a complicated question and it elicits complicated, but interesting and thought-provoking responses. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Sean Gray | Colorado Fine Art Painter, Quirky Art Consultant, and Super Polite Guy

My first oil painting was at 10 years old, and I have been creating art ever since. Born in Denver, Colorado, I have a Fine Art degree from Cornell College. I have sold work in galleries and festivals, and have done commissions for individuals and corporations, alike. Although my media is not exclusively oil paints – I have done work with acrylic paints, collage, digital, and music in addition to oils – art has been a mainstay and has truly been a gift to me. It has provided challenge, purpose, and utter joy in my life. My goal is to share this gift with people through the works that I create. My identity as an artist began early. I grew up surrounded by painting. One of my early memories was going with my mom to take oil painting classes. A woman taught a group of ladies painting techniques, color theory, and best practices of painting from her home. They sipped tea and chatted together, while creating beautiful works of art. I was enthralled and started painting with my mom at age 10. Another memorable encounter with art as a young child was when our family visited family friends, one of whom was a painter. Read more>>

Alexander Perrine | Sculptor

I am from Jamestown, Rhode Island. It is a small Island in the Narragansett bay. It led to me loving the sea and the natural world. A common theme in my my art is my response to mankind’s mistreatment of the natural world. We can do better. My parents are a fiber artist and a house painter who both take their crafts seriously and have refined their skills. They both have contributed to my desire and skill of working with my hands to create. Their community of friends, who often worked in similar trades and crafts, also fed into my creative and constructive side. My mother also worked at the Newport Art Museum. This exposed me to a number of artists during my early teen years. My favorites were Tom Deininger and Chuck Close. Growing up with beautiful natural views around a community of creative people, it is no surprise that I became and artist whose work focuses on encouraging people to be environmentally conscious. Read more>>

Christine Polliard | Retail business Owner

I am originally from Pennsylvania. Growing up, my father owned his own business and took us to work with him at a very young age. This instilled in me a very good work ethic as well as provided me the perfect role model for my business today. My father taught me to work hard and to be honest as that is what builds your reputation, as well as your business. Read more>>

Antonio ARMENiO Trujillo | Personal Trainer & musician

I am from Pueblo Colorado, the home of the hero’s. My background consists of a viscous cycle which put me up against my demons with physical and mental trauma I was stumped in time I triumphed. You see 6 years ago if you would have told me I was going to be a rapper or just the thought of being one has never crossed my mind. You see I’m a wrestler, I’m not a very good wrestler but it’s all I know since 4 years of age that’s what I utilize to let out pent up rage. Well rap wasn’t the motive until august of 2015 I experienced my first memorable relationship break up after spending 2 short years. I was already dealing with addiction of medicinal recreational use. And it seemed to elevate and I had a rebellious state of mind I just wanted things to go my way I wanted a way to prove myself and retaliate in the most eventful resentful way. I told my ex I’m going to start rapping, and the expression I received was as if I was a clown. Read more>>

Scott Johnson

Born without a name in a Berkeley (CA) hospital to parents from small Nebraskan farming towns, I started my life from one of the most liberal and progressive areas of the world where anything seemed possible, yet was rooted in the down-to-earth, practical sensibilities of the Midwest. My parents decided on the name “Scott” a week later but it would take me years to figure out who I really was. Despite what most would consider an ideal childhood with a supportive and stable home, my adolescent years began a journey of self discovery, or maybe more accurately, of self uncovering. I was born toward the top of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs where self-actualization was the next step. As a teenager, I was asking the big questions like “Why am I here” and “What’s the purpose of my life.” Years of soul searching and periods of depression would follow. Read more>>