Rediscovering Art Forty Years Later

Real Estate Agent with East West Partners of VA, Hampton Roads, Virginia 0226005035

Rendering is of a home built in the Gatling Pointe community in Smithfield, Virginia.

After forty years of going about life as normal- attending college, graduating from college, starting a career in real estate, getting married, having children (three), working, going on vacations, coaching youth sports for 15 years, attending Virginia Tech ball games, etc., I have decided to do something that's always been there- that's using my ability to draw and transfer images I see onto a canvas.

I've been lazy. I've avoided the discipline it takes to create a work of art, something I dabbled with as a twelve year old, then later in college when I took electives to up my GPA.

When I got out of college, fear of failure motivated me to put 100% of my time, energy, and efforts into my work- selling real estate. Then it was focusing in on my family, building a new home, dedicating myself to raising kids, and juggling the balance between work and family time. Taking time out to draw and paint, well, that was all put on the back burner, and 37 years later, I have rediscovered the joy of sitting down and creating something that others seem to like and appreciate. I remember the great sense of accomplishment that came from finishing a sketch, rendering, or painting and then sharing it with others.

While it's still just a hobby, I have missed this ability that's really alway's been there- only to resurface on holidays and family birthdays- really the only time I practiced art. My kids seemed to like the cards I would make instead of a store bought card. Recently my oldest son saw an old card I had done which featured a rendering of our first house. Tyler proceeded to overnight mail me a large canvas with a note- to please paint a picture of our house, the one he just bought in Norfolk.

My son's home in West Ghent, Norfolk, Va.                      The Gatling Pointe Yacht Club, Smithfield, Virginia

After staring at that canvas for a month, I decided to sit down and try an ink drawing of his home. It took me around 30 hours, but the time I spent drawing was a time of peace and quiet, and joy. I guess maybe it was a retreat from what was going on in the world this past fall, but I loved the feeling- it was like therapy.

Now, twelve drawings later, I've set a goal to do one work of art every two weeks. It's still just a hobby, but one day, I'd like to offer my drawings for others. Right now, I'm still pretty busy with real estate, but I've dedicated myself to find the time to do what I've always wanted to do.

The Gatling Pointe Yacht Club pier and gazebo- Smithfield, Virginia

To see more drawings, check out my Facebook page- Edwards Art Collection-

Windsor Castle Manor House, Smithfield, Virginia

Burrus Hall, Virginia Tech

For more information, contact East West Realtyyour neighborhood experts

Mark Edwards at (7570 288-7584

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Mark - quite impressive.  Not only your talent but your commitment to returning to something you love.  Good for you.  

Carol Williams - I think this is a SCS Second Chance Saturday candidate.  Anything is possible.  Any time we decide to make it happen.  

Feb 21, 2021 09:41 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Kudos, Mark to allowing yourself to invest the time for doing something you truly enjoy. You obviously had your priorities earlier in life with work and family but it's great you get so much joy and can give that joy back through your drawings. 

I have always wished I could draw and/or paint. I have no natural skill but did take a watercolor class a few years ago.  I have no doubt I could get decent at it but realize I choose not to invest the time to do that. I am glad I took the classes though because I learned a lot and it has given me a whole new perspective and appreciation for art and those who develop the talent.  Thanks for sharing!

Feb 21, 2021 11:25 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Mark,  These drawings are fantastic!  Glad you are getting back into something you love.

Feb 21, 2021 07:48 PM