Albert Einstein once said, “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” I could not agree more with his statement. Although I am personally unable to draw more than just a simple stick person, through the recent acquisitions of Fine Art companies such as Maimeri, Daler-Rowney, and Canson (to be finalized in October 2016), I have the desire to push the limits of my creativity, and become more inspired to be an artist. I believe inspiration and passion are the two key driving forces to better understand my own capabilities to unleash the hidden artist in me, and the art landscape as a whole.
Now that Dixon Ticonderoga Company is the number one, largest global art company, I find it to be my moral responsibility to support the arts in all individual’s lives. I strongly believe that the development of arts in a person’s life can become an instrumental part in their future successes. Growing up, I did not always have it easy. I can directly relate to the children who benefit from the Kids In Need Foundation (KINF), and that is why we continue to be the national pencil and fine art sponsor/supplier. Arts give children a sense of accomplishment and help them to think outside of the box. I believe if I was exposed to the arts starting at a young age, it would have been extremely instrumental in my growth and development. Dixon Ticonderoga and myself are proud sponsors of the KINF, and are dedicated to continuing to inspire students and teachers worldwide for these reasons and more.
I am also very proud that our brands are able to represent each stage in an artist’s life—we have products that reach every level of consumer as they begin pursuing the arts in their childhood, and continue to express their creativity as they move through school and into the adult world. Once a child applies color onto a page, and colors outside of the lines, doors open. The opportunity for personal and scholastic growth is something I strongly stand behind; it’s been proven that having access to arts in schools help students develop, and that students under the age of 4 whom are exposed to art will be more successful in their later endeavors.
Just as art plays an instrumental role in the lives of students across the world, I too have welcomed more creative thinking into my life. It is not just 1+1 anymore, but rather unlocking the variables of each Fine Art possibility and creating working synergies. Due to my background, I am tempted to think more of the left side of my brain—most of my thinking has been mathematical and concrete up until now. With the addition of Fine Arts in not only Dixon, but my personal life, I am able to reflect on this thinking and start to merge the left side of my brain with the creative right side.
I want to continue to encourage people of all ages to get inspired and paint their own creative horizons. I know the addition of the arts in programs will help to inspire passion throughout our communities, and I am really excited to continue to grow the Dixon Ticonderoga Company business as our three legs of business are further added to. With our main focuses in writing, arts & crafts, and fine art, we are dedicated to playing an instrumental role in everyone’s lives.