Leading a creative life is much different than one experienced by a non-creative type. Take for example the contraction, âCanât.â A creative person doesnât understand its meaning. They are not stalled by its negativity. Nor are they trumped by the difficulty, no, the necessity to overcome barriers.
Len Olson, Lincoln Master Digital Sculptor, doesnât understand, âCanât.â Always a lover of art, in the third grade, his teacher called home to inform his mom that a picture heâd entered in an art competition was not his. That a third grader could not have drawn it, when in fact, he had. At 13, he laid eyes on his firstÂ automotive clay model. So surprised and intrigued at the realization that people actually hand sculpt cars from clay, upon high school graduation, he enrolled in Detroitâs College for Creative Studiesâ clay modeling course. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Beginning his career working in numerous job shops and cross-town rivals, in 1992 Olson became one of Fordâs modelers. Since then, he has transitioned from working with clay to the high-tech world of pixels and polygons, helping to pioneer Fordâs digital sculpting team with the use of advanced 3D software.
Olsenâs can-do attitude has drawn him to workÂ on some of the most iconic Ford and Lincoln automobiles in recent history. When others were content with a lesser target, Olsen pushed for more. âI donât understand âcanâtâ,â says Olsen. âItâs just a barrier for people who donât want to try. If you try, you have a better chance of it becoming possible.â
If you think something is okay and marginal, maybe you should rethink it, and do it again.
The all-new 2013 Lincoln MKZ was Len Olsenâs latest project. His incredible attention to detail is evident in just about every surface and cut line of the vehicle. Itâs a testament to whatâs possible when you stop saying, âCanâtâ and begin doing instead.