Inspiration is found in journals that Cory Nespor began in 2000. His first journal was to document a summer adventure.
“Over time people started to write meaningful stuff,” he said during an interview at Sunday’s Community Block Party in Lions Legacy Park.
He was one of the exhibitors, members of Sylvan Lake Art Society, who displayed and sold their artwork in the park during the weekend.
Nespor, a Calgary resident with a Sylvan Lake connection (his partner is Kelly MacVicar), said reading the journals he found himself beginning to paint some of the quotes in 2010 while living in New Zealand.
“With the books in tow, I started leading the inspired life I had always dreamed, and each day brought me closer to hearing the words that changed my life forever,” he wrote on his website (corynespor.com/). “Somewhere deep inside is the ticket to the ride of your life.”
“After that everything made sense. The books opened, passion poured out, and in three months — 11 paintings. Ten years after this thing started everything became clear. I had finally found my voice, and on my 30th birthday celebrated with my first exhibition.”
Since returning home, he saved every penny in preparation for the biggest change of his life. In September 2013 he quite “a great career of 13 years to focus everything on my painting”.
“I felt I needed to give an honest effort to it,” he said. Now he’s creating his unique and decorative artwork full time.
The idea of providing a venue for members of the local art society to display their work, was explored earlier this year with Jazz At The Lake organizers and several booths were set up at the weekend festival.
Marian MacVicar, Kelly’s mother, was instrumental in convincing Nespor to bring his talent to the community for the event.