at home with : ben sharkey

  Monday, 8.9.10

earlier this summer i had the great pleasure of interviewing the immensely talented Ben Sharkey,,, who also happens to be the voice, writer & talent behind the song, "When I think of Love', that plays on the ksp website.

from the moment i knocked at his door, Ben welcomed me openly into his home & we proceeded to chat as if we were friends who just hadn't seen each other in awhile; let alone it being the first time we had actually met in person! there was an instant connection, which isn't too hard to believe... it doesn't take very long for one to know that Ben is one of the friendliest people. ever.

we talked, we laughed, i snapped some pics, we talked, we laughed. at the end of it all, even as i was leaving -literally walking to my car- we were still chatting away! someone had to cut us off.

i had asked Ben all sorts of questions, however somehow in the midst of all our chatter, i had forgotten to ask him a very important one,,,
(which i then emailed him later) :

what is to YOU ?!

Passion to me is very similar to an obsession - It's almost an unexplainable phenomenon, a drive that is fueled by something deep within you to reach a certain goal, or live a certain way. I think Passion can be used for something good, but it can also be used for something bad, as well. Either way, it's life consuming. The word may be thrown around a lot just like the word "Love" but I think that if you're truly passionate about something, that passion is linked to your inner soul and will follow you, or guide you in your path.

Life? I think it's an answer that we are all striving to find out and will never really know the true answer. I do think that each person's life is their own quest, and there are certain reasons why we are all here and I do believe that we are here for a reason, Not all quests are the same. The only hard evidence we have about life is that we are born, we live, and we die. We don't know for certain what happens before or after, so my mantra is:
You only have one life, Do with it what you can. Be the best you can be and don't let anyone hold you back from your true potential.

Love. It's a powerful force of nature, It is gravity. It's the glue that bonds everything together. the essence of life. Love is essential to our development. It's a drug, and highly addictive. It's both primordially simple and passionately complex. It's Happiness and despair. Life without love is robotic and cold. Life isn't life without love. I think that's why love songs will always be timeless. I have my dreams, my passions, my life, but the most important thing to me is love, and true love is really the ultimate goal and driving force in my life.

even with all my notes,,,
i don't think any more words could really sum up what an incredible person Ben is as he did so eloquently above.

aaaaand there is MUCH to say about Ben Sharkey,,, but first, here is just a snippet from the studio wall in his home :

...and one of his absolutely fantastic paintings (he is an ah!mazing artist in more than one way!) :

Ben is
has a heart of gold
an artist in every aspect
and has a smile that is purely contagious.

Ben is : genuine.

LOVE everything about this wall in his studio space :

Ben, next to another one of his wonderful paintings :

in front of a piece he was working on for a client :

a true artist !

art & inspiration . everywhere

i asked Ben "how the song 'When I Think of Love' that i am using on the ksp website came about?"

he replied,
"when you are in love with someone, there are certain things that you think about & you are not always with them.
it is actually more about when you are not with them, then when you are,,, and the things that you think about when you think of love
...'there is a darkness in the sky,,, all i do is turn & look into your eyes, and i know that everything's gonna be alright'
...because you have someone to share it with. you are not going through it alone. it is kind of based off of those kind of feelings."

as if i couldn't love the song even more.

everywhere i looked, i found pockets of goodness that made me smile :

one of the many inspiring books that you will find in his home. also one of my top fave artist's ever :

at home, with Ben !

to me, this portrait showcases the vibrant essence that IS Ben :

Ben Sharkey exudes a certain kindness & warmth that is unique all on it's own...

lastly, i asked Ben when he first discovered his vocal talent...
"it's something that has always been there. it's something that has always been a part of me," he replied instantly.

Ben also said that he "always thought he'd be an artist or a musician",,,

well Ben, i have to say that you were right on!

you followed your heart & your passion, and are truly an inspiration to us all.
(thank you for taking time to chat it up with me that one lovely day! you & your talent are beyond appreciated. ksen }

to view the slide show & see more photographs.
i also asked Ben to give me a song that represents him today...
he said he didn't 'think he could get much more personal than this song'.
you will have to check out the slideshow to hear it!
happy day!

{ you can connect with Ben Sharkey via Facebook, Twitter & YouTube! }
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