"In the real world, there's time to just live rather than analyze things," muses Brian Fuller, studio director for artist Ira Yeager. Fuller has been living in the beautiful Napa Valley and fully enjoys the atmosphere and experiences that he has come to call his own.
He calls himself "lucky" to be as successful as he has become. He graduated from Monterey Bay Academy and felt that PUC was the natural progression. PUC, well known for its liberal arts, beckoned him, and he answered. Having grown up in the Central Valley, he looked forward to absorbing what the Napa Valley had to offer: the theory of food and art combined with metropolitan qualities. "It was uncharted for me," he states, speaking of his decision to attend PUC when he had never been near such a city as San Francisco. In the end, what he found was home.
Fuller's degree was in design, and his passions during his college years were production and set design in Hollywood. He worked for an architecture firm after school, but soon realized that his childhood vision of architecture was not what the field really was. It was during this time that he was head hunted by Ira Yeager, and it "catapulted" him into the art world.
"Coming into an artist's career," he says, "I was lucky to get in with an artist who was already pretty established." In his own words, Fuller feels that the best part of his job is his ability to "wear so many hats." His job title is all-encompassing. "I look at myself as a support role," he explains. "It's truly a marriage in some ways. I'm the opposite side of the brain from [Yeager]." Fuller is responsible for marketing and sales and is a curator and personal assistant.
The biggest challenge for Fuller has been breaking into a world with so many unique elements that are different from the traditional business model, as well as learning the ropes of the trade. "No one really teaches how to succeed, let alone being responsible for having someone else succeed," he admits. "It's a unique challenge, a daily challenge."
At some point, Fuller plans to continue as an art dealer but also cultivate the secondary market and become a gallery owner. "I position myself in careers and the things I do to not burn out," he asserts. "So I continue to create environments. Currently, I'm living in the moment. I know there are so many things I still want to do." He calls this his "lifeblood of staying curious," a quality that a college mentor instilled in him.
He also revels in his faith. During his years in the Napa Valley, Fuller has enjoyed the opportunity to show people that Adventists can do other things outside of the traditional health care system. He appreciates the ability to share his faith. "It's very encouraging," he says.
Fuller is a man who takes the time to live his life to fullest and appreciate each day as it comes. He has found importance in living life in the moment, and taking opportunities as they arise. The art world is one he loves. "It's a very vibrant environment to be involved with," he finishes. "It's the essence of what I do and the work I represent."
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