Hello, my name is Henry Lawrence Thacker, Jr.
I'm the son of a farmer and a teacher.
I'm a kid who grew up on a farm and loved to doodle. The doodling allowed for a level of curiosity that still inspires me today. Art gave me a connection to the world outside of my hometown. My Creative Journey has taken me to many places far from home and given me the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life. And yet that humble beginning - the one that started on a dirt lane just a mile from the main road -- instilled a work ethic and an eye to eye business education that allows for my creativity to stay curious, honest and entrepreneurial in these modern days we live in.
The creative process shouldn't be about putting pretty on shit. The creative process is dirty -- much like farm work, you have to roll up your sleeves and be willing do the work others won't. We assume that being creative is a gift or skill for those who doodle -- I dare say NO : Creativity is Work. (if you don't believe me just ask Cabell Harris)
This is why you have to love it.
It being the people & the process - not the final piece.
The work will come and go, but those small moments where you laughed or cried to get your idea approved or sold -- that is life. The eye to eye level of "We are in this together until the work is done" spirit that I leaned in Alaska. To me, putting the emphasis on the people and the story is very similar to working the soil and the honest life I grew up with on the farm.
This is why I prefer the term Creative Farmer.
(*) Creative Farmer (noun) // 1: a person who cultivates creative ideas or stories to curate and produce a product that enriches the community we live in.
Its in my genetics to be independent -- I just got lucky because I love to doodle too.