Looking for Arete > About the Project


Looking for Arete artworks result from a distinct moment of awe I have experienced because of a unique and specific arete.

Awe (noun): a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder. -Oxford Languages

Looking for Arete artworks are given as gifts to individuals participating in the project. Some of these gifts are private, while others are public. Regardless, a Looking for Arete artwork is deeply personal and meaningful for me to make and give. Hopefully, the gift is also just as meaningful for the recipient to receive!

Private Looking for Arete gifts are mainly for participants who choose to remain anonymous, for one reason or another. I do not share the making process or identifying aspects of the finished artwork with anyone other than the recipient. Once I give the gift, however, recipients may sometimes share it. How and when they do that is completely up to them. My Patreon subscribers with paid memberships financially help support my ability to give private Looking for Arete gifts.

Public Looking for Arete gifts are the artworks whose journeys are publicly shared by me in some way during the creative process. Recipients of these artworks are identified in posts on Patreon and social media, and on my website, and by the recipient, however they so choose. Crowdfunding via Store Purchases on Patreon supports both my work and the arete of the participant: once the base cost of the artwork is met, any additional funds are split between myself and the gift recipient.

Collaborative Looking for Arete projects involve...yes, collaboration! Some aspects of the partnership are private, while others are public. The creative work is not mine alone, nor does it necessarily result in a 'singular gift'. In essence, the collaboration process is mainly the gift. This work is funded by both patronage and crowdfunding (on Patreon), grants, and direct sales of generated artworks or performance tickets. Proceeds are split between myself and my collaborators.

Looking for Arete also involves my personal volunteerism to non-profit causes and entail gifts of my time and artistic expertise. When appropriate, I share the artistic making process on social media and include the finished artwork in the Looking for Arete artwork portfolio. These gifts are given freely, as a personal donation.

WHY I'M 'GIVING IT AWAY':

Because (right now)
The world needs (us to feel)
More awe (beautifully).

Awe is the biggest, and most unselfish, reason why I'm 'giving it away' but there are (of course!) other, less noble reasons, too:

I’ve never had much success selling (anything).
But I’m really good at giving (meaningful gifts).
And it gives me freedom to explore (what I want to create).

And there are practical reasons, but I'll let future Patreon postings explain all of those....

The Gifts of Arete
2023