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You’re a full time artist now, but what led to this career? When I went to high school I took drafting courses till I graduated and went on to study electro mechanical design. Later on in life I worked with my dad as a carpenter, and when I moved to Vegas I got into the private security business. I was a private body guard and bouncer for some of the night clubs here in Vegas. On the weekends I would create art for my home and for others. Eventually this would lead me to showcasing my art in art galleries. After showing art in various galleries I eventually went overseas to further expand the business to full scale production in order to keep up with the demand. This led me to travel around the world showcasing my art. Becoming an artist is never easy. How have you remained focused and relevant? I have always been fascinated with kinetic art, so the gear thing has been my thing for many years. Still, like everybody else, I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs and have been repeatedly reject­ ed and underestimated. I often derived inspiration from other artists, such as Joshua Johnson, Edmonia Lewis, and Edward M. Bannister, not only for their art but also for their tenacity to suc­ ceed in a world that would not accept them or their works of art as serious contributions to the industry. I worked hard to make a name for myself in the art scene and feel I’m as driven and determined now as I was starting out. I’ve also expanded my skills by keeping up with technology. For example, I’ve been actively using 3­D printing technology to speed up the prototyping phase. Much like the gears in your artwork, your mind is always in motion. What’s next on your agenda? Besides spending time with my family, designing and flying drones and filming projects with my wife, I have a documentary and autobiography in the works. I have one hell of a story and journey to tell with all the drama to spice it up…should make an epic movie someday. ◆ www.DaleMathis.com 68 February/March 2018