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Early Goals For The Oculus Press

Denise: I have to acknowledge the fact that from day one, Chris has been the driving force for establishing our market. He has an uncanny raw business sense and had the practical Yankee wisdom, to let the business support itself, paying for new equipment out of profits and above all, staying out of debt.

Oculus Press' first show July 4, 1987. We crafted a press philosophy before we left Texas. We got back to NH with real plans for developing the business. We soon had the security of teaching at The Cardigan Mountain School to allow the business to grow. The first goal, accomplished right away, was to establish and register the trade name. Next, we needed to investigate the market. The League of NH Craftsmen provided excellent examples and we hoped soon to become members.

Oculus Press First Show

"Oculus Press First Show, July 4, 1987"

We planned to debut our first editions at Andover, NH's Fourth of July Arts and Crafts show. There was a great need to generate enough images to present to the public. My dilemma was that I was just beginning to learn about NH, my chosen subject! I needed to match snippets of my NH experiences to our press philosophy. I enjoyed finding much inspiration exploring NH's public lands. We worked very hard. By 1988, we had 31 different images.

After five years, we entered the time of our greatest risk. We had bought a house and left the steady income of teaching, devoting ourselves to the business full time. We wanted to start a family. Life was a roller coaster ride! There were great ups, and huge downs, but the need to create continued. At times, this need to create was our anchor to a tangible and timeless project. The question we lived with was, "Would the world continue to let us keep this project alive?" Our finances the first two years that we were on our own, were extremely tenuous.

Beginning | Early Goals | The Studio
Customers | Working Together | Images & Influences | Family & Business