“You are, always and forever, in the moment of pure creation. The point of life is therefore to create – who and what you are, and then to experience that.”

Neale Donald Walsch, “The Complete Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue”

Hi there, I’m Jeremy Richardson

Whenever I get the common “so, what do you do?” question, my answer is “I’m a creator”. I choose this because I believe it properly encompasses what I do, and really what we all do as human beings.

We are always in the moment of creation – every word we say, thought we have and action we take creates reality as we know it, whether we’re conscious of it or not.

My favorite channel for creativity is through art. I’ve had the pleasure of building large scale art, and, more recently, smaller art for the home, as you will see below.

In addition to being an artist, I’ve worn many hats throughout my life – founder, executive, product manager, transformational coach, and more recently husband and father.

My journey has been filled with many ups, downs, twists, and turns, and every experience has shaped me into who I am today, and who I am becoming tomorrow.

While in my career I’ve had many titles, overall I consider myself an artist, and my tapestry is all that life has to offer me – welcome to The Art of Life.

Read on to learn more about me and my story.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I’m the youngest of 3. I grew up in a small town in southeastern Wisconsin and loved living in the country where as a child I could ride my bike wherever I wanted and be out all day getting into adventures with my friends.

Not sure how old I was here but I sure look happy!

My father was a mechanical engineer, designer, artist, and excelled at many other things, and my mother was a nurse and college teacher. I clearly received many of my talents from them.

One notable skill that you’ll see I continue to utilize to this day is my expertise in the CAD software called SolidWorks. I consider SolidWorks to be my first love, becoming proficient at it at 16 years old while working for my dad’s consulting company.

SolidWorks design of my sculpture “Ascesion” (more on that below)

After high school, I went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to study Mechanical Engineering. MIT was an amazing place to learn alongside some of the smartest people in the world, and really hone my work (and party) ethic.

It was at MIT that I began to learn about entrepreneurship, and my ambition grew from there – I wrote my first provisional patent while an undergrad there for a portable laptop stand, and I did my senior thesis on an invention that created intricate art on top of lattes. MIT is also where I first started using laser cutters and 3D printers, at the MIT Media Lab.

When I graduated from MIT in 2009, I moved straight to Silicon Valley to pursue my dreams of becoming an entrepreneur. Two years later, at the age of 23, I co-founded Womply, with the goal of creating software products for brick and mortar merchants. 

We started small, but with a burning passion and a clear vision, and over four years, we grew it from two of us to 100 employees with 30,000 brick and mortar merchant customers and $20M raised in venture capital.

I was deeply involved in every aspect of the business from product development, marketing, operations, sales, business strategy, and hiring. It was a whirlwind of an experience, and I learned a ton about what it takes to start and grow a business.

In 2015, although Womply was growing faster than ever, I decided to take a break from the corporate world. I left to embark on a sabbatical, focusing on my art and personal growth. This was an incredibly transformative period in my life, where I really began to embody Flow as a way of life.

After a few months of decompressing from 5 years of 80-100 hour work weeks, a vision came to me fully formed to create a beautiful sculpture and bring it to Burning Man. I went to my very first Burn in 2011, and remember how inspired I was by the large scale art there. I knew that someday I would create something beautiful for people to experience there, and now it was time.

Fast forward a few months and I had completed the design of Ascension, which was to be a 20 foot tall climbable steel sculpture that creates a space for us to reimagine what it means to love others by first loving ourselves. 

The very first sketch I did of Ascension, a few days after the inspiration first struck

I failed to secure a Burning Man art grant for the sculpture, so I decided to raise the $37,000 I would need to build it on my own. I did a Kickstarter and in just 3 weeks surpassed my goal of $35,000. This was an incredible challenge for me, especially because I was deathly afraid of public speaking!

My SolidWorks design and render of Ascension.

Once the money was raised, I had just 7 weeks (!!) to build the sculpture, and at the time I had no welding experience, no steel fabrication experience, and no team.

Fortunately, I was able to rely on a positive mindset and synchronicity to bring the right people with the right skillsets to me at the perfect time, and 8 weeks later (after working 13 hours a day in the shop) we brought the sculpture to Burning Man. You can learn more about the story and impact it had here.

Actual photo someone took of Ascension at Burning Man in 2016. I’m still amazed at how closely the original sketch is to the actual sculpture.

After Ascension, I became inspired to get more serious about my personal growth, so I became a certified transformational coach to help people heal trauma, release limiting beliefs and live a more free life. I’ve always believed in the potential of people to become better versions of themselves. I wanted to guide not just myself, but others too, on this journey of self-improvement and personal growth.

At the same time, I started making laser cut sacred geometry wall mandalas, called Activated Art. These designs first started because my now-wife and I moved into a house together and had a big wall that needed a statement piece.

Photo I took as I started the design of what became the very first Activated Art Flower of Life Mandala

I happened to be learning about sacred geometry at that time too, so I combined my old love (laser cutting) and my new love of sacred geometry to create the very first Activated art Flower of Life Mandala

What my designed turned into: a 44″ Flower of Life Mandala

I had no intention of selling this piece when I created it, but when I shared it on social media it got so much attention and interest that I decided to continue selling and making them. This led me to doing another kickstarter for Activated Art, where I raised over $30,000 to start the business.

I’ve created a variety of designs and commissioned pieces since the very first Flower of Life. As an example, here is one of my favorites, called Eternal Dance:

After my sabbatical, I dived back into the startup world where I served as the VP of Product at two different startups and COO of another early-stage startup. Each role brought its own set of challenges and opportunities, but I embraced them all with open arms.

In 2023, I’m happy to say I was able to take another break from the startup world to focus on my growing family. I’ve known I wanted to have kids since I was a kid, and I couldn’t be more grateful to have had two babies in early 2023 with my lovely wife, Gigi.

Throughout my journey, I’ve learned that life is not just about achieving success in the traditional sense. It’s about growth, creativity, and making a difference in the lives of others. It’s about constantly learning, evolving, and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.

I created The Art of Life to begin sharing a bit about my perspectives and interests. I hope my story inspires you to pursue your dreams, embrace your passions, and never stop growing.

Because at the end of the day, the most beautiful work of art is life itself.