I have included one of the interviews that I have posted at retiredandinspired.blogspot.com I hope you enjoy it. If you have a story to tell, please let me know. Chris Gulbin-Back in the Day
Anyone who is a firefighter has seen more than anyone should have seen so it is an interesting twist that seeing a picture of a fish helped give a new direction to a retirement. Chris Gulbin has always loved the outdoors and fishing and inspiration struck one day when he was looking at a magazine and saw a drawing of a trout. "I'd like to do that." and so he started on a path to give his life a new meaning.
He took a beginner class in art from The Art Lab and started to learn to draw and paint.
When asked how he improved, Chris said, "You just have to put in the time. It's like working out." So Chris kept painting and people started to notice.
Life, and Chris' art changed on Sept.11, 2001. Chris had just finished a 24 hour shift covering a vacation when he was sent to ground zero. After working there for 24 more hours he went back and finished his regular shift.
Opening on Sept.11,2008, Chris has an exhibition of his watercolours on display at the New York City Fire Museum. "Heroes of September" is the museum's commemorative display of the 7th anniversary.
Proceeds from the exhibit will help the burn unit at Staten Island University Hospital where many firemen are treated.
What's next for the retired FDNY Lieutenant? Painting and improving his painting. As Chris said, "The only way to run faster, is to run faster."
If you would like to see more of Chris' work, please go to www.chrisgulbin.com