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Episode Info: Nelson Ruger grew up along the beaches of southern New Jersey, finding his stomping grounds among Ocean City’s 7th Street and North Street beaches and boardwalks.  Loving art from an early age, he dove into a career as a theatrical artist, designing scenery and lighting for stage productions up and down the eastern United States, lending his creative style from tiny one-room shows to huge regional theaters. In 1998, he fulfilled his dream of designing on Broadway.  With this life goal achieved so young, Nelson began searching for new horizons and artistic possibilities. Nelson eventually left the theatre industry to pursue his surf painting and zen watercolor art. He formed the ‘Nelson Makes Art!’ Studio in Virginia, where he spent several happy years developing commissioned pieces in his flip-flops. ‘Nelson Makes Art!’ then led him far far west to the opposite coast of sunny Los Angeles.  As Creative Director at RGH Themed Entertainment, Nelson worked with a diverse team of artists across many disciplines, designing theme parks and attractions around the world.   In 2014, Nelson discovered a passion uniting two of his favorite things - painting, and tropical beverages.  This led him to his most exciting works to date - the Huli Pau Glassware series - painted glassware featuring the beautiful waves of oceans from around the world. He's the guy who believes you deserve to live the life you've always wanted.  And he's gonna do everything he can to help get you there. Notes from the show: He didn't like the "drama" offstage of theatre. He went to work for Apple. He was invited to build a theme park in Los Angeles. He opened an Etsy store. Can Infringement on Etsy, Ebay, or CafePress be Considered "Fair Use?" Helped by Amy Colella Kim Bloomberg Designs The One of a Kind Show Winsor-Newton paintbrushes Liquitex enames to be discontinued. Gordon Firemark Jason Fellerman Glass Buck's Rock Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss 1000 True Fans by Kevin Kelly James Schramko's SuperFast Business SoCal vs. Hawaii Ocean City, NJ A Crash Course on Taking on Centuries-Old Brands... and Succeeding The Virgin Way by Richard Branson Simon Sinek's TED talk No, No, No, No, No, Yes. Insights From a Creative Journey: Motivation & Self-Improvement (Creative & Innovation series Book 1) by Gideon Amichay etsy.com/nelsonmakesart facebook.com/nelsonmakesart instagram.com/nelsonmakesart NelsonMakesArt.com...
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