Above: Shy Carter | Photo by Greg Noire
. . . the intersections of ART always have a 6 Degree Ripple Effect
One of the greatest gifts in my life has been my work as an artist. When I can successfully mirror to a client, the God given talents I’ve received . . . the creative journey’s end product is as fulfilling for me as it is for my clients; and if I’m lucky, I get a chance to see the benefit of what’s been created overflow into their lifestyles — and even further — to those around them and beyond.
Ericco Studio — illustration featuring Shy Carter
Shy Carter — “Good Love” out now — Warner Music Nashville
Kane Brown — “Worldwide Beautiful” — Warner Music Nashville
(music collaboration with Shy Carter)
While doing a faux finishing project in Studio City, at the home of award-winning music writer and artist, Lauren Christy (another design story :-)), I crossed paths with Shy Carter. He was collaborating with Lauren on some of her music projects. She introduced us, and it was an immediate click!
Every client has a recognizable gift or talent. Its cliche ” ish” . . . but they love what they do, as do I — and this is where I start the creative ideas and bond. I can’t help but to view them as both Artist and “Life Architects” of their homes, careers and businesses. The stories and journeys they share are always the backdrop and inspiration for the designs that flow into my art for them, which in turn touches their life architecture.
These connections and developments are something I’ve pondered for years, and this article with Shy is a beginning way to share my thoughts on our artistic “6 degrees of separation.” The way we live always ripples into other lives, especially on a creative level . . .
After my initial introduction to Shy, and as we connected on a more personal level, I was truly inspired and blessed to be creatively drawn into the impromptu wedding arrangements for he and his soon to be wife, Jennifer. Lauren’s home became the destination and we had only one week to pull it all together between Christmas and January 1, with the wedding to be held on New Year’s Day!
Everyone pitched in and helped one another. It was a unique artistic gathering and one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever seen.
So much division is going on right now. A strong common thread that links me and the client’s I work with has become increasingly evident to me. These thoughts are very much connected to the work I did with the wedding and is something I think we can all relate too . . . namely, the shared experiences of LOVE . . . right!
We are all affected and surrounded by the relationships in our lives. Those relationships create common emotions and experiences, be they friends or family.
I did a quick sketch that was used for a cover invitation announcing the arrival of Jen & Shy’s first born – baby boy!!! It wasn’t much, just a quick little sketch, but made for a lasting precious moment. These moments are those we can all relate to. With family and client relationships, often my smallest efforts have meant the most.
Another very strong observation I had when thinking about the shared common passions Shy and I have in common is – that of helping others.
Around this same time as the wedding, I was finishing up a faux finishing design project in a 7,500 sq. ft. luxury home in Granada Hills, CA. On my completion in showcasing the home, I was able to combine a fundraiser organized by Shy’s wife Jennifer, that focused on raising money to mentor young girls and also inner city youth. The program mentored and instilled positive affirmations through a summer camp retreat. We all brought a widely diverse group together for a common cause. It was awesome and beautiful, and certainly rippled through all of our lives, including the youth it benefited.
The “Party With a Purpose” was an opportunity to extend my creativity outside of the home and into LIFEstyles and helping others.
Noted artists from vastly different backgrounds came together to give of themselves and help others. Again, this is an example of the client relationship going deeper and extending out and deeply touching others. Six degrees of Separation turning into a effective force to channel our common mindset of helping others.
The realities of living through a global pandemic, are causing most to stayclose to home. Small gatherings abound and so many businesses have simply had to stop. We’re all communicating more on social media, and talking more on our phones, rather than the quick texts we once relied on since we were so pressed for time.
It was just such a case recently, while I was doing a custom blue finish on a bedroom wall. Shy and I were catching up by phone and found that we were both working while social distancing, etc. He was finishing up his new release in Nashville and I was working on a project in Hermosa Beach. I showed him some of the project and commented that it would be a dope look on his new release and it was just that – an instant ripple reality!
Here’s a photo of one of the walls I was working on.
Though this unique transitional time, I’ve realized how inter-connected and inter-affected we really are.
What happens to one populated group will have a ripple effect . . . which may come sooner or later to other groups, but it will have an effect. I can only do my part, and believe that enhancing the surroundings of others through creativity has a distinct effect all its own. Art always creates a ripple because it is creation; and bringing imagination into reality is a force.
Many are still feeling the impact of being quarantined. Everyone needs a little escape from that.
I found the song Shy did with Kane Brown recently did just that for me. Shy and Kane, both from bi-racial parents, found commonality in their backgrounds, which resulted in a new song released under the Warner Bros. label. Check it out above. It so strongly speaks to the times we’re living in.
We all enter our zone by doing what we love. Shy Carter’s zone is doing what he does best . . . Entertaining!
Interview with Shy Carter
ERICCO STUDIO: Developer — Art Spaces: CAb (Crenshaw Artists Building)
ERICCO STUDIO on VIMEO
ERICCO STUDIO: Stylist — Art Direction: THE NARROWCAST/MUSIC ViDEO