Moby Dick is a whale of a book. Moby Dick symbolizes the quest to defeat or conquer a thing that I am compelled to chase or catch. I see that as my quest to be an “artist”. As I continue to quest I become more confused about what I trying to do. Am I an artist or am I teacher? Am I a good teacher? Will I ever be an “artist’? Will I ever make it as an artist? What does "make it as an artist" mean? How do I define “being” an artist? I have been on a quest to read Moby Dick ever since I was a child when I saw this commercial (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKERtgA0Yrc) for comic book style illustrated versions of classic literature. The commercial opens with a glimpse of a peg-legged man in a crow’s-nest of a ship with the caption, read by the voice over artist – “There she blows! A hump like a snow hill! It is Moby Dick!” I completed the first part of my quest by reading Moby Dick from cover to cover. My quest (and research) now is to interpret my life as an artist-teacher through Moby Dick in order to gain insight into my development and identities as artist and teacher.