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Does Art imitate Life? Meet David Molinaro, world-class artist and my brother-in-law, who takes us through his artistic process, from vision to execution.

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David Molinaro: An Artist’s Life

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Good morning! I’m currently sitting at my kitchen table, enjoying a cup of coffee, while staring down lovingly at a tray of homemade blueberry muffins. My friend, Jackie, is staying with me and we’ve spent the entire weekend talking and talking and talking about all the things that friends do when they have a great deal in common.

Jackie is an artist. I discovered her on TikTok, where her videos have garnered hundreds of millions of views. In fact, one of her videos has over 50 million views, by itself. I was incredulous when I discovered she was only 17 years old (at the time).

I was delighted when I found out she was vegan.

You can find Jackie on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube and become as enamored with her as I have.

Speaking of artists, this week, I’d like to introduce you to another real live artist (vegan too!) –one who doesn’t use ChatGPT or other digital AI tools to create his work. Nope, he uses his hands and sometimes, a little acetate? His name is David Molinaro and as you can probably tell, we are related. David is, in fact, my brother-in-law.

From left to right: Anthony, me, David. We are all long-distance vegan runners, but I am sandwiched by two powerhouse artists.

“Aha!” you might be saying. “Makes total sense!” These Molinaro kids got the lion’s share when God was doling out talents! You might be onto something! But what I soon discovered after talking with David for only, I dunno, 60 seconds, is that there is a great deal of truth in the phrase:

Art imitates life.

I challenge all of you to listen to the first 10 minutes of our conversation and NOT find at least 10 different ways in which David’s process is the EXACT same process by which all of us should approach life’s challenges: starting a business, building a fitness routine, even building a relationship.

One of my favorite pieces by David

Today’s discussion covers a lot of ground. David takes us through his artistic process, from vision to execution, and also chats about why he decided to pursue art at all, something I find endlessly fascinating. But perhaps the most interesting part of our conversation is what doesn’t get said, what David intentionally leaves on the table, recognizing that some things can’t be brought to life through words and therefore, are better left unsaid. I’m curious to hear whether you all pick up on that as much as I did while talking with him, and what impact that has on you.

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