In this video with several of my friends that serve as Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) artists, we share what it is like designing coins and medals for America and some inspiration on how to become an artist with The United States Mint. (1:46)
Of special note: Ever since I entered my first coin design contest over 30 years ago and won Grand Prize, it had been my dream to design an American coin. When I first applied to become an AIP artist in 2004, I was rejected. My reaction was not to loose hope… “Well, if I am not good enough, then I will become better”.
I applied again six years later and was accepted in 2010… only to find out that I needed to become even better still. Chief Engraver, John Mercanti told me that the standards are very high and working for the United States Mint will be the most challenging part of my artistic career.
This was more true than I imagined.
It has also turned out to be the most rewarding part of my career as over 20 of my designs have been selected to appear on US coins and medals. I consider myself fortunate to be counted among this group of very talented artists and to work on such inspiring design programs for our country.