Working, whether art or welding, is committing to a craft or trade for some reasons. My personal reasons are fine-tuning ideas. I am grateful for the fact that my commercial work allowed me to develop as a craftsman and provided me with a toolbox to work with.
Depiction is a very interesting topic, I have been dissecting depiction of reality as a photographer and a 3d artist, that is, slicing reality down to its meaningful components and then building it back up to conform to a visual agenda. Depiction is no longer my destination, although it serves a very good purpose as an interface between us and an idea.
A short bio here.