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The creative journey is not always the easiest one, but you never know where it may take you.

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Braska loves the spotlight, but I also get a lot of behind the scenes support from Moo (pictured here) and her littermate, Mee. Moo and Mee are much more low-key and have been with me a long time. They will both turn 12 on Valentine’s Day next week. My clowder count is currently at 3, but knowing me, that could change on any given day with new additions.

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When you try to take a selfie with my art and I creepily pop up behind the couch out of nowhere to photobomb your shot 🤣

The First Step To Everything

I’ve created thousands of paintings across my lifetime & career and one key step continues to be the the most difficult…the first…that first little brushstroke that sets the tone for everything to follow. No matter how many tens of thousands of hours I build up in experience and no matter how much “success” I obtain, that step just doesn’t seem to get any easier. The insecurities are still alive and well, perhaps even more so as I often reflect upon whether my best work is behind me or if I will ever live up to mounting expectations…those of this external world or even more difficult to reach, my own internal expectations which call out to me relentlessly in moments of solitude that simply can’t be escaped. There are 24 hours in a day and unless you are constantly distracting yourself, some of that time is inevitably going to be face to face with a mirror that refuses to tell you anything but the cold hard truth. Spending more and more time with that mirror these last six months, it’s almost as if, with knowledge and experience, that first step grows even more difficult for me somehow. It’s like a giant leap now instead of a single step and I just can’t seem to see what’s right in front of me through the haze. So how do you take that step? Well, the answer may just lie within the question…You have to take it. 

When I’m struggling to take that first step, I have to remind myself that I’m in competition with nobody but myself. I’m just a person sharing a story, and there is no right or wrong. There is only my truth and whether or not I choose to tell it, share it, and exhibit for the world to see and judge. I also have to think about how I could die tomorrow and if I don’t tell my story, it may never be told or told the way I want it to be told. I write my story because this is my life. Don’t allow someone else to write your story for you. 

Sometimes life is uncomfortable but nothing beautiful, nothing amazing ever comes from comfort. Because there is no promise of tomorrow, I have to take the first step…no matter how difficult it may be and even if I have to do so in blind faith. Faith and hope can be powerful tools and are often the only ones that keep me going. By taking that first step, you show others the value and importance of taking that risk. You just never know what may be on the other side of your fear…but it may be greatness. Don’t you want to find out? You also never know who may be watching. That step may be for you, it may be for someone else…regardless, you must take it. You must take that step or you risk living an unfulfilled life never knowing…never knowing what if? This is my first step to the next first step. Now it’s time to take yours. 

This next step is yours-


This was one of my favorite shoots with Christa Maier and, thematically, I’m finding it very relatable as of late.

Burying myself in studio work lately and varnishing the latest painting today. It is available. Message me for inquiries.

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I have completed the first four pieces of my new “Puzzled Hearts” collection. The top left sold this week but the other three are available, more are in the works, and I can do custom commissions. Message me for inquiries and be sure to check out to see my shop, blog, and podcast. I’ll be sticking with more neutrals and grey bases for the next few pieces as I continue to focus on the grey periods of mental health.

Michael Carini

Mini “Puzzled Hearts” from my “Beautiful Accidents” collection and framed #MostlyForHer poems. Message me.

Congratulations to Braska for being the November “Employee of the Month” at Carini Arts. Though Braska is not certified as a therapy companion, I can 100% attest to the fact that I simply would not be here today without her. Thank you Braska and I love you more than anything. You have saved my life on more days than you haven’t.