We had the good fortune of connecting with Mike Sheehan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mike, how do you think about risk?
You always have to be open to pushing yourself into challenging situations. It’s scary sometimes, but it’s essential to my growth as an artist/educator. It’s been a big part of my career. Putting myself in situations where I can absolutely fail is what pushes my skill set.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
One of my favorite things to do is wander around an interesting place with a paintbox or sketchbook. All that observation is great for a designer/artist. It fills up your data banks with useful info. It’s always been incredibly helpful in my career. It also keeps me connected. I think that obsession with my craft is something that sets me apart. I never stop being fascinated with it. No career is easy, but it’s been a hell of a ride and it’s still going. But the main thing I’ve learned is never get jaded with why you fell in love with it in the first place. You might get a little jaded on the politics etc. But never your craft.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I like being near the port for painting. Then maybe over to the Gaslamp District for some cocktails and cafe sketching. Kind of a perfect day for me.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents. The best gift they gave me in relation to my career is that they reacted to it matter of factly when I was young. No “you want to be artist!? You’ll never make a living!” All I remember my Dad saying was “well you better get good at it”.