Last week I received a package in the mail that was most unexpected. It was a small box with a well wrapped object inside. The accompanying card simply said: ‘Make Art’.

Make Art Card

Custom card created by Dr Joseph Zimmer DDS

I was incredibly touched by this thoughtful gift from my dentist.

Dentist, you say? I’ll back up a bit and let you know that I have the coolest dentist in Seattle and this is coming from someone who pretty much despises all dentists. Dr. Joseph Zimmer is no ordinary dentist, he’s also an art collector with amazing taste.  He shares his incredible modern art collection with his patients on every wall (and even a ceiling) of his offices. There’s so much great imagery it’s a feast for the eyes. Rarely when I drop by for a scheduled appointment do we talk teeth. We more often than not catch up on the art world, his latest purchase or what I’m up to. We even have mutual friends through KEXP. (Seattle is such a small town!)

On my last visit he was apologetic for missing my exhibitions last year and I invited him to check out my web site. He offered to purchase a piece for the office, but that felt weird and honestly I don’t think my little toy photos could hold there own against his power house art collection. I suspect that he did check out my web site and this gift of a vintage toy tractor was his response.

While I don’t think he’ll be adding any of my work to his collection he sent me this thoughtful gift and a card that encourages me to keep going. Does it seem weird to tell you that I appreciate this little truck more than the much needed funds in my bank account?

When we make art, when we share what we create, we’re ultimately trying to make a connection with another human being. With this gift of a small vintage toy and a card with the simple message “Make Art”, I feel that a connection was made.

I share this story with you so that you can see that encouragement and support can come from the most unlikely places.

~ Shelly

I know that being a toy photographer isn’t always easy. Who gives you the most encouragement and in what form does that support take?

A gift to be treasured…