The photo is my Mom, myself and my beautiful daughter. I have had an incredible life of ups, downs and everything in between. Being adopted at a very young age presented personal struggles that have lasted a lifetime. Battles with alcohol and drugs presented another set of struggles through the years but through humor, heart and good mental health practices I have been sober now for almost 19 years. Art and creativity have always been a part of my life. When I was a little boy I would spend countless hours sitting and drawing, even creating little books stapled together and sketching everything from fashion design to The Flintstones. I didn't finish college because it bored me endlessly. Art lessons also bored me, so most of my ability is God given or learned through practice and observation. I've often found that having talent is almost like having magic powers...the amazing things one can do with the gifts we've been given. But it can also be a frustration, there have been many times in life where I have been overwhelmed having talent but not sure what the hell to do with it. I began taking my art seriously when I got sober, I believe the art helped with the healing and distraction. I created a line of humorous greeting cards, I loved the art with word play and poetry. That moved me in a few different directions and began my art instruction career. Something I've loved doing since I was a child is drawing celebrities. I pick it back up again a few years ago but so many artists do celebrity caricatures that I decided I wanted to be different so I began writing little biographical poems and humorous blurbs to accompany the art. Almost like each one is a tiny tribute, I'm not the greatest artist, I'm not the greatest writer but I do feel that the combination is something truly special. These days I find fulfillment working with the elderly creatively while also continuing my drawing and writing which seems to bring smiles to many. We all have a story, I share my struggles in hopes of inspiring others. Forget your flaws, focus on FABULOUS!
During the beginning of the Covid Pandemic I recorded a song in my kitchen one afternoon while in quarantine. I was just finished working out and standing in my kitchen when the song "Smile" kept coming to me so I recorded it on my phone right there. Not the best quality and I wasn't in stage attire but it felt good. I posted it on facebook in hopes of giving some smiles to my social media connections. Later I saw an ad for auditions being accepted for BLT "Baltimore Loves Talent" so I sent them my little kitchen song. A few days later they contacted me that I was chosen for the show!!! they would be airing that video I sent! I was thrilled even though I would have preferred to redo the video in clean clothes LOL. The following week they contacted me to say I was the WINNER that week! $500 and on to be a finalist for $5000....I'll let you know how the rest of the story as it unfolds :)
You can view the show here...follow the link...my song is near the 10.50 mark...
Creating smiles with art projects geared to inspire social interaction while working the hands and mind. I've been instructing for over ten years and I'm so blessed to find every moment with my Golden Groups so fun and fulfilling! I am currently working with senior citizens through outreach programs with local colleges and senior centers.
(I am always available for art instruction on various levels, paint parties, face and body painting and more!) ...contact me anytime!