"Accidental Artist" from Traumatic Brain Injury and MS to Artistic Expression

Several weeks ago a reporter came to the house and spent about 4 hrs with me. He dug into my life and I shared just about everything - especially from a health perspective (squeamishness be gone). He wanted to understand how I had gotten to my art journey. It ended up to be very much about my life and and the challenges that I have had to overcome both physically and vocationally to get to where I am - an accidental artist. I am me.

Ability came unexpectedly and as a direct result of brain injury. Lose one thing, gain something else. To me, the gains were worth the losses. Art is saving me and continues to save me.

I don’t know where all of this is going to take me, but it’s been an upward and visible projection for the past 6-8 months. I want to keep getting out there, keep telling my story and try to keep inspiring. I want to be a giver in this aspect. Wherever art takes me, wherever God chooses to take me through my art. For me, there is no art journey - or life journey - without my prized gift of faith. There isn’t a splinter of who I am without God and all He has done in and through me. Not one iota.

I’ll march on and continue to create and try to be the artist that God has created me to be. It’s my vocation. However He chooses to use it, it is my gift to give back.

https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20190805/sarasota-veteran-overcomes-brain-injury-to-become-digital-artist

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7 Aug 19 Update:

A day after the release of the “Accidental Artist” piece on the front page of The Sarasota Herald Tribune, I was contacted by Sean Daly of Tampa’s abc Action News. He’s coming by today for a piece that will air tomorrow 8 Aug 19 at 5am, 7am, 9am and 3pm. His focus is on fun and uplifting. I hope we can carve something out like that and I hope it can have the same impact of Jess Lang’s (SNN) story.

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-sarasota-manatee/sarasota-army-vet-discovers-rare-artistic-talent-after-injuries-and-illness

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Sean Daly contacted me and expressed he was interested in doing a story on me. ABC Action news is located in Tampa, FL.

Sean Daly contacted me and expressed he was interested in doing a story on me. ABC Action news is located in Tampa, FL.