So I moved to Maine and I learned how to build wooden boats for two years. I did an apprenticeship building wooden boats, and then with about two months left of my internship, I got an Art in America magazine that had all of the galleries and artists listed. And I wrote them like a three-paragraph letter and sent it the mail. About three weeks later I got a random phone call — this is back before cell phones were a thing – and there was a note for me on the board of the shop that said, ‘Some guy named Martin Puryear called for you.’
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