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The Art of the Personal Project: Patrick Ecclesine

The Art of the Personal Project is a crucial element to let potential buyers see how you think creatively on your own.  I am drawn to personal projects that have an interesting vision or that show something I have never seen before.  In this thread, I’ll include a link to each personal project with the artist statement so you can see more of the project. Please note: This thread is not affiliated with any company; I’m just featuring projects that I find.  Please DO NOT send me your work.  I do not take submissions.

Today’s featured artist:  Patrick Ecclesine


I’ve been posted up in Kula, Maui and living on a farm in the countryside at the base of a volcano. I never envisioned spending any real time in the South Pacific and yet end of last year I came to shoot the gallery for NBC’s “Temptation Island”. When it was time to fly back to LA, I said forget it, might as well stay in the place that has the lowest Covid infection rate in the US. So, I’ve been hiking the volcano, surfing almost daily, training to ride the big winter waves that are certain to hit the North shore. After surfing for thirty years, I’m sad to admit I’ve never gotten a proper tube or “barrel” as they call it, so I’m aiming to make this childhood dream come to life. Been reading and reflecting… taking the time to learn how to cook, ceviche, poke, Malaysian curry, ahi salad, vegetable soup, and even handmade chocolate coconut ice cream. I’m happy to leave my heavy cameras on the shelf for the time being and have turned to the iPhone which has been a faithful sidekick during this chapter…there is so much beauty here it’s impossible to contain it within a frame, but here are a few images I’ll share.

Every day there is so much to soak in and experience. I hope you are feeling optimistic about the future…Stay positive and be well. I am certain the best is yet to come.

To see more of this project, click here.

APE contributor Suzanne Sease currently works as a consultant for photographers and illustrators around the world. She has been involved in the photography and illustration industry since the mid 80s.  After establishing the art-buying department at The Martin Agency, then working for Kaplan-Thaler, Capital One, Best Buy and numerous smaller agencies and companies, she decided to be a consultant in 1999. She has a new Twitter feed with helpful marketing information because she believes that marketing should be driven by brand and not by specialty.  Follow her at @SuzanneSeaseInstagram

Success is more than a matter of your talent. It’s also a matter of doing a better job presenting it.  And that is what I do with decades of agency and in-house experience.

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