Timothy Flaherty is a retired Merchant Marine Chief Officer and an accomplished Impressionistic oil painter based in Beacon, NY. Born on November 11, 1955, Timothy grew up in Cold Spring, NY, where he first developed his dual passions for athletics and the arts. During high school, he earned four athletic letters in football, basketball, and track, while also being recommended for art college due to his evident talent.

After graduating from Haldane High School in 1974, Timothy attended Syracuse University and SUNY Maritime College, where he graduated in 1979. He further enhanced his education with an MBA in International Business from 1995 to 1998. His maritime career spanned over a decade, where he served with distinction and reached the rank of Chief Officer in the U.S. Merchant Marines before transitioning to roles in logistics and shipping management.

Following his extensive career in logistics, working with companies like Stolt-Nielsen and General Maritime, Timothy retired to focus on his art. He is now an active member of the Silvermine Art Guild and focuses on Impressionistic oil painting, drawing inspiration from the natural world and his experiences at sea.

Timothy’s work reflects his lifelong journey through dynamic environments, from the disciplined structure of maritime navigation to the free-flowing creativity of art. His blog shares insights into his artistic process, his life experiences, and his thoughts on the ever-evolving world of logistics, aiming to inspire others with his stories of resilience and adaptation.

How did you get started in this business?

I started my career as a Chief Officer in the U.S. Merchant Marines, navigating the vast oceans and managing complex logistics on board. After nearly a decade at sea, I transitioned to land-based roles in logistics and shipping management with companies like Stolt-Nielsen and General Maritime. These experiences honed my skills in operational management, leading me to roles with increasing responsibility. Ultimately, I retired to focus on my lifelong passion for art, transitioning into a career as an Impressionistic oil painter.

How does your company make money?

As an artist, my “company” earns through the sale of my paintings and art commissions. I also participate in art shows and am a member of local art guilds, which helps in selling my artwork. My role involves creating high-quality, appealing art pieces that attract buyers and collectors, thereby generating income.

How does your company go about acquiring new customers?

Acquiring new customers involves showcasing my artwork in galleries, art shows, and online platforms. I also rely on word-of-mouth referrals and maintain an active social media presence to engage with potential buyers. Collaborating with local art schools and participating in community events further helps in reaching new audiences.

How did you work your way up in this business?

In the maritime and logistics industries, I started as an officer and worked my way up to Chief Officer by demonstrating leadership and a deep understanding of maritime operations. In art, my progress was through continual learning and exposure, participating in exhibitions, and networking within the art community to establish my reputation.

What made you want to work in this industry?

I was always fascinated by the complexity and dynamic nature of the maritime world. The challenge of managing logistics on a global scale was enticing. As for art, it has been a passion from a young age. The ability to express emotions and capture moments through colors and strokes on canvas drove me to pursue it professionally.

What is it that you feel makes you good at your job?

My attention to detail and patience are crucial in both art and logistics. In maritime operations, precise planning and execution are vital, traits that equally apply to painting, where meticulous brush strokes can define the quality of work. My experience managing teams and operations has also enhanced my leadership and organizational skills, which are invaluable in art projects.

What are the perks of working in this type of business?

Working in art allows for creative freedom and expression, which is immensely fulfilling. The flexibility of being self-employed means I can choose projects that inspire me and set my own schedule. In the maritime and logistics field, the opportunity to travel and the complexity of global operations provide a challenging and exciting work environment.

What are the disadvantages of working in this field?

In art, income can be irregular and the market is highly competitive. It requires constant self-promotion and networking. In logistics, the challenges include long hours, the stress of meeting tight deadlines, and the need to stay updated with global regulations and market conditions.

What’s the most rewarding part of your work?

The most rewarding part of my work in art is the ability to bring joy and contemplation through my paintings. In logistics, it was the satisfaction of successfully managing complex operations that impact global trade. Both fields offer the chance to make a tangible impact in very different ways.

Where is your industry headed? What excites you about the future of this line of work?

The art world is increasingly embracing digital platforms, expanding the reach and accessibility of art. This democratization excites me, as it opens up more opportunities for artists. In logistics, advancements in technology like AI and blockchain are making operations more efficient, which is thrilling for the future of global trade.

What advice do you give people who want to get into your field of work?

For those entering the art world, be persistent and true to your unique voice. Network extensively and be open to feedback. In logistics, develop a strong foundation in supply chain management and be ready to adapt to rapidly changing technologies and environments.

Are you willing to be a mentor? If so, how should someone contact you?

I am happy to mentor aspiring artists or logistics professionals. Interested individuals can contact me via my blog or through my social media platforms, where I frequently engage with followers and share insights into both of my professional worlds.

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