It's funny how often things seem clearer while looking backwards, isn't it?
When I was a kid, the Olympus camera that Dad got for Christmas wasn't getting any action. By him, at least. But by me? Well, I couldn't leave the darned thing alone.
Since I was a child in deep South Texas, I always had talent in art. Painting, drawing, sculpting, and photographing were second nature. Throughout high school and college, I was always in some sort of art class. But, the idea of making a living in a creative career was far-fetched to me, so I went in other directions.
I studied International Affairs and Sociology at Trinity University in San Antonio. After some sales experience I then went on to grad school and received an International MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix. During this period in my life I did extensive traveling abroad and even lived and studied in London, England and Guadalajara, Mexico.
That’s when things changed.
Despite the fact that I was working in my field of study, I didn’t feel like I was “in my element.” It was rewarding to help businesses market their products, but something was missing. I was determined to pursue my creative passion.
Then, in 1996 I jumped.
I founded Van Wyk Design to put my marketing and art skills to work for companies with a commitment to quality marketing. I suppose there is another reason: I was just crazy enough to become self-employed!
For over 20 years I worked for clients doing catalogs, websites, digital newsletters, and branding.
My graphic design career morphed into a people photography career. Since 2014, I have thrown myself into classes, workshops, peer-tutoring, and every other imaginable form of learning. I think photographing people is my highest calling.
Of course, I'm not all business and no play.
After wrapping up my latest creative project, I'm probably hanging out with my wife and high school sweetheart Sandra. Or, I might be flying a drone with my talented college-aged son Caleb. Or, you may find Sandra and I jitterbugging at some Austin honky-tonk.