mike j. crowley

artist superhero – friend to all monsters

I don’t do what I do for money.  I do it because, thank goodness, people seem to enjoy it.  And, to be perfectly honest, if I didn’t have people to share my work with, I doubt I’d be motivated enough to even do it.  Sure, I take pride in what I do; but, nothing makes me feel better than knowing I may have been responsible for the smile on another person’s face.  By now I’ve realized enough about life to know this: the time you spend concentrating more on other people’s happiness than your own is time very well spent.  I value self-sacrifice and the rewards of a job well done.  The heart and the mind are tools that get stronger and sharper with use, so use them.  A lot.  

I’m a brother, a son, an uncle, a godfather, a cancer survivor, a believer, a dreamer, a builder, a speaker, a listener, a risk-taker, a thinker, a playmate, and a close and personal friend.  I’ve also been told that I make pretty fantastic garlic bread, but I think the seasoning deserves most of the credit there.

I don’t claim to be the best at anything I do.  All you’ll ever hear me say is that I try.  A long time ago, an old man said, “do or do not, there is no try;” and, I think there’s truth in that.  I guess if I’m arrogant in any way, it’s that when I try something, it gets done right.  Whatever right may be.  I suppose it’s all a matter of perspective and opinion.  And, from my perspective, nothing I do is a mistake.  I’m not sure if everything happens for a purpose, but I do believe you can find purpose in everything that happens.  And, for that reason, there are no mistakes.  Nothing you can ever do will end in failure, so long as you’re brave enough to be humbled and to learn.  I know I’m far from perfect, and I’m perfectly happy with that.  I take myself for what I am, and that includes recognizing all the ways I can be better – I appreciate the potential to be one’s very best.