I founded dollarsandart in 2011 initially as an outlet for my own story and challenges. The collaborations and commissions I've been fortunate enough to deliver, the most rewarding have been when the client or company are engaged and involved in the process. I learn something from all of them so it's thankfully now a platform to encourage others to create, share and tell their story.
Back story - The ‘ME’ bit
Originally from the North West of England I studied Civil Engineering at Nottingham University, then my Masters in California before returning to the UK for a career in Sales and Marketing. I moved to Dubai in 2002 where I was fortunate to experience 'both sides of the surreal coin' through commercial roles in both Construction and Golf.
During a challenging time almost a decade ago, Art became my reason to be, a lifeline and a critical outlet to express my feelings as an essential vehicle for my self-worth. My heartfelt desire to express myself during the journey through creative expression led to launching dollarsandart, relentlessly creating nine collections in eight years to help keep things in perspective during disruptive times.
As I was lost and as a cry for help, I dug deeper exploring money, people and creativity further I began to express myself, experiences, struggles and successes through Art. The universal symbol of the $ seemed to impact and influence so many decisions, providing the motivation for and the limitation of many of our decisions in life. I decided that the dollar for all its pro’s and con’s along with grains of sand in nature and in industry would be a central feature of my work as Dollarsandart was born.
I felt I was onto something whilst becoming disillusioned with the superficiality of a material existence. There seemed to be an unwritten life rule that money is integral to happiness and happiness is a natural by product of money so I explored this further, chipping away, bit by bit by egotistical bit.
With 9 collections, 8 years on with the relentless quest to get my work liked and accepted, trying to explore both sides of the coin as the sands of time shifted I started to explore my own initial premise of combining singed bank notes, sand and mixed media further....
Dollars and Art / Dollar sand art
Dollar : Money, energy and exchange.
Sand : Each grain looks the same from afar but really close, totally different.
Art : Making money from what you enjoy doing as the real, authentic you!
Back story - The ‘WE’ bit
I realised there were other pockets of society where my energy was far better served during the summer of 2019 during a Community, Identity and Value workshop at HMP Berwyn, Wrexham and Coleg Cambria, North Wales launching The Best of British Collection with the Life Skills students.
Moving from 'ME' to 'WE', whilst still delivering commissions and preparing for the 10th collection I now enjoy sharing what I've learnt encouraging others to realise the power of creativity holding improved performance training workshops with groups....
In forms of recognition for top performing team members in various roles such as the affiliates down at The Track, Meydan Golf.....
...to Corporate and brand identity with team building along the way in a dragons den style fun filled workshop.....
and communities at large with a little help from my friends...
With their unique form of expression that brilliantly captures in one image the dollarsandart journey so far at The Best of British kicks in......
Harnessing Art for mindfulness, productivity, playfulness and the support of mental health, rehabilitation, engagement and well-being is very much the focus alongside commissions, collaborations and workshops.
Creating - Opportunities for people and brands
Aston Martin Wilmslow DB 11 launch, Wilmslow, Cheshire
Facilitating - Motivational Workshops for people and society
HMP Berwyn Community, identity and Values
Engaging - Through key-note speaking and teambuilding
Lewis Hamilton Commission
Contemporary Art with a storyEngaging Creating Facilitating
'Supporting people and brands through creativity'