3/2/2017 2 Comments
You Don't Even Know Me!
When I was 20 I couldn't take it anymore. I had to get away. I had to find somewhere to start over where no one knew me. The opportunity came about and I moved to Orlando. I wish I could say that I left all of the stigma behind in Mississippi, but I didn't. I started to discover who I was, but I hated myself for it. After countless nights of battering myself, and teetering on suicide I finally told someone. I was gay.
I've discovered as an artist that when I try to paint other things without self reflection and emotionally connecting with what I'm working on, it just falls flat. My biggest hope when I'm working on a piece is that someone who views it may discover a little bit more about themselves as I did about myself.
I hope you enjoyed this little look into why I do what I do. Does this resonate with you? Share with me your thoughts, views, and reasons you create in the comments section bellow.
Until next time, stay living creative!
3/2/2017 01:45:39 pm
My Beautiful Spirit and Friend,
Oh my I think I asked you that, hahaha well I tell you what Derek I admire you for sharing your story, I'm sure at this moment there are several people where you once were and I can only hope they're as fortunate enough to have a caring roommate as you did to help them come out of such a dark place. creating the @LeaveYourBaggage program its a wonderful and fortunate to have had a caring roommate that stood by you and thankfully your here with us to share your story, paint your beautiful paintings and help others in similar idea and I'm sure very helpful to a lot of people situations... It's so nice to have an understanding behind your work it makes sense. As I've mentioned before your work is outstanding. Thanks again for sharing your story.
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