Chairman, Artist, Lawrence R. Armstrong

Chairman, Artist, Lawrence R. Armstrong - IMA

Contributed By: Lawrence R. Armstrong

Tell us a little something about your business…

I am both an architect and an artist. My work in art is an ongoing exploration of the concept of Layers. I have been exhibiting my art publicly for the last 13 years. I have been fortunate enough to have my art included in exhibits across the United States and in Europe.

I am the Chairman of Ware Malcomb, a contemporary and expanding full service design firm providing professional architecture, planning, interior design, civil engineering, branding and building measurement services to corporate, commercial/residential developer and public/institutional clients throughout the world.

When was your lightbulb moment?

Flashes of Light appear to me spontaneously, involuntarily, provoked by sensory influences. Unannounced initial thought may derive from a piece of music, written text, built or natural environment, person, mood, event or any combination of the above. A concept gestates for days or weeks, until the appropriate media becomes clear. I create a sketch, and try to understand it for a period of time. The piece then comes out of me very quickly. Several pieces result, produced in rapid succession. Much of my work is done in a small series, and normally executes very closely to the first flash of light that appeared. I have noticed that the many passions in my life manifest through me in a similar way.

What are your three words of advice?

Work. Risk. Love. Always work hard. This is a guiding philosophy I live by, and is inspired by my father. He was my first and best mentor and taught me that you should always work hard, give your best in everything you do, and never be ashamed of the result. Take Risks. Be willing to try new things, push yourself outside of your comfort zone. In this way you will grow. Love what you do. When you love what you do, hard work doesn’t feel like work. Risk’s become exciting.

Three words of advice…

Work. Risk. Love

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