Theatre is my livelihood
My “Know I Should”
My “Always Would.”
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My parents were teachers, and our home was always filled with music. My mom has a master’s degree in music, my father’s bands always practiced in our house, my brother is a musician, my aunt and uncle were musicians, and my cousin played with Yo-Yo Ma.
Inheritance, acrylic on panel, 40″ x 30″, 2016
I wasn’t particularly good at drawing and painting through childhood, though I loved the activity, as many children do. My energies were focused elsewhere, mostly singing in the choir, making mixed tapes and reading romance and mystery novels. In high school all of that changed- I took a painting class and the messy world of representation and imagery opened up to me. I’ve been engaged with it ever since. Continue Reading…
King of the Hill 2014 10 X 12 inches oil on linen
*Originally published 03/16/2015
I am an artist, educator, and musician. I am also a lifelong producer of creative content. Education is my vocation. My livelihood comes from my training and aptitude as a teacher. Continue Reading…
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln sculpted by Daniel Chester French (1850–1931).
Located at the State Capitol Building, Lincoln, NE
Did you know that a Nebraska lawyer, Frank M. Hall, played a role in the design of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.? I thought of Hall as I pondered how my life as a lawyer has intersected with the arts and humanities.
Mike, Russell, and John – Dannebrog – 8.17.15
copyright Stuart Chittenden
As an expat Brit new to Omaha ten years ago, I wanted to crack open the rigid carapace of “Nebraska nice” and reveal the intimacy of a people’s truer characters. In 2010 my wife and I began hosting conversation salons in our home reminiscent of those from Enlightenment France. Since then, spurred on by a spirit of curiosity, my belief in conversation’s benefits has motivated an active artistic and humanities practice centered around conversation-based interactions. I develop and deliver a variety of conversational programs and engagements for individuals and organizations. Continue Reading…
As my mother tells it, there was never a time in my life when I didn’t love stories. From the time I was born until I turned two, my parents and I lived in the apartment on the second floor of my grandfather’s house. Continue Reading…
I particularly like the title of this blog – Livelihoods – in how it reflects the artistic attitude and the artistic challenge. Pursuing one’s livelihood is an act of securing all the necessities of life. For many authors and artists, it is difficult to do that in a single career or a single passion. Continue Reading…
2012 New Music, Omaha Symphony
I grew up in the sandhills of Nebraska, surrounded by dairy cows, prairie grass, cowboy bars and fuzzy antenna television. Imagination and creativity were my playthings by necessity and were encouraged by parents who taught me to be expressive and bold. Continue Reading…