The idea of being an artist had always been a dream for me.  Even though I felt that I possessed a drive and ability to create art, I never considered a career as an artist. It seemed impossible to turn my life’s love into my life’s work.  With that in mind, I took a more conventional approach to nurturing my artistic interests.

I channeled my love of art towards a digital medium.  While not my true passion, I spent over 13 years as an Art Director & Designer.  These experiences taught me to hone my creative side while executing a client’s vision.  Through corporate firms and unique start-ups, I also learned invaluable lessons about having an intense work ethic and a sense of pride in accomplishing a task under strict deadlines. After a multitude of design projects ranging from simple company logos to complex websites, my true passion was too strong to ignore.  In 2014, I decided to abandon the safety net of a full-time job and devote myself fully to pursuing my passion. Since that day, I've been proudly introducing myself as an artist.

I feel truly blessed to do what I do. I wake up each morning and reflect on the prior day’s journey with satisfaction and clarity.  Recently, I have combined my love of art and teaching children to create, S.P.A.R.K. a business centered to inspiring children through the teaching of art. I want to cultivate that love of art through art education. Since launching it, it has been a joy to instruct and inspire the next generation of artists. 

Looking back I can say It took many years to get to this point and I understood why it took so long. I'm exhilarated that I've finally tapped into what I'm meant to do. With a life making and teaching art, I'm the happiest I've ever been in my career. I know and trust with this newfound direction, there's no where to go but up.

-Sebastian Alappat