Illustrator Tom Rodrigues - "Nobody Bats a Thousand"

An interview with illustrator Tom Rodrigues, whose craft evolved from stained glass windows to world class wine labels. He shares his journey and philosophy in a conversation with Derrick Story.

A major influence in Tom’s artistic career appeared when he was just 14 years old when he earned an apprenticeship at a stained glass studio near his home. Over the next few decades his path wove through illustration projects, Designer and Production Manager for George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch Studio, a conceptual art show at a baseball park, and ultimately a winemaker in Northern California.

His journey as an artist from a Portuguese fruit farming family in Los Gatos CA to the Mendocino wine country where he resides today is the topic for this episode of the Nimble Photographer podcast. Thanks for listening.

Illustration by Tom Rodrigues

Illustration by Tom Rodrigues

A big thanks to Tom for joining us this week, and hats off to Kelli Richards, our talent producer, for making the connection.

You can see Tom’s work by visiting http://www.tomrodriguesstudio.com/ - and you can visit Tom and see some of his originals at the Maple Creek Winery Tasting Room on Hwy 128 in Yorkville, CA (707) 895-3001. www.maplecreekwine.com 

I’ll be back next time with another artist and the thoughts behind their creations. Until then, this is Derrick Story, the Nimble Photographer, wishing you great success in all your endeavors.

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Musician Alan Howarth - "Street Smarts"

Alan Howarth grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, playing music in local rock bands. Over time he navigated his way to opening for national touring acts including The Who and Cream. From 1976, he provided synthesizer support for fusion jazz band Weather Report, which relocated him to Los Angeles. His next career break came in 1979, when he met the sound effects team for “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”, and was taken on as a sound designer for the following six Star Trek films.

During his time in LA, he met and began collaborating with John Carpenter on films including: Escape from New York, Halloween II, Halloween III, Christine, and They Live.

His journey from Cleveland to Hollywood was fueled by a combination of talent, business savvy, and street smarts. And he shares some of the philosophy behind his decisions on today’s podcast.

Welcome to the Nimble Photographer podcast, hosted by me, Derrick Story. My quest is to find artists who have created their own definition of success. Yes, finances play a role in all of our lives, but are they the only measure? And how can you put a price on the experiences along the way?

Today, we travel to Newport Beach, CA to learn from Alan Howarth. Thanks for joining us.

Alan Howarth

Alan Howarth


A big thanks to Alan for joining us this week, and hats off to Kelli Richards, our talent producer for making the connection. I’ll be back next time with another artist and the thoughts behind their creations. Until then, this is Derrick Story, the Nimble Photographer, wishing you great success in all your endeavors.

This podcast is made possible by select members of Patreon. You can learn more and pledge your support for The Digital Story and The Nimble Photographer by visiting www.patreon.com/thedigitalstory.

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Photographer Trey Ratcliff - "Mix It Up"

Trey Ratcliff is best known for his vibrant landscapes. But he’s also a student of human nature. His photography business is fueled by combining compelling landscapes, with daring post production, and adding a dash of insightful marketing.

On today’s show, Trey shares some of thinking behind this approach. The lessons that he’s learned may help your creative endeavors as well.

Welcome to the Nimble Photographer podcast, hosted by me, Derrick Story. My quest is to find artists who have created their own definition of success. Yes, finances play a role in all of our lives, but are they the only measure? And how can you put a price on the experiences along the way?

Today, we travel to New Zealand via Skype to hear what Trey has to say. Thanks for coming along.

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