Art Saved My Life
How I hope my art can help you!
I had been searching, trying to find my way in life. What was my passion, what makes me feel alive? Life had to be more than work and money. I had to find what I loved. I wanted a new way to live, not the old way in which I was living, and I tried to find my way in life.
One day I had a surprise visitor that came to visit it was my grandma’s sister and her daughter. They told me when I was young and visited them in Colorado, and I wanted to grow up and be a multi-media artist. I did not believe them. The idea stuck in my head.
After a lot of searching, I then learned Salt Lake Community College was offering a multi-media program. It did not cost $80,000, like some of the other colleges. The multi-media program was not accredited yet at the college. A few years later, they added a few other programs. I jumped at it.
I decided on a Multi-Media Degree. Cost-wise it was affordable. I earned my A.A.S. in multi-media and three certificates. Photography! I had to get my photography degree. Even if I felt there was not any money in it.
Photography was a degree I wanted. I regretted not getting the photography degree the first time I went to school. I was determined to fulfill that long lost dream. I was going to do it out of pure love of the art.
I did not realize my health was starting to deteriorate. When summer break came, I traveled a bit. I noticed my health decline more. Then one night, my strength was gone I could not stand by myself. And I had a hard time breathing. I felt I was dying.
I was wheeled into the hospital and examined. A hospital had to be found so I could be admitted. I stayed in the intensive care unit. I was lucky someone was checking out, and they had one room. I checked into as someone was checking out; they only had two rooms. I could not eat or drink anything for a couple of days. I wanted to wet my mouth; they let me with a sponge. It felt so good.
As I laid in bed, all I could think about was getting that Photography Degree. It motivated me. I had no strength. I could not see worth a darn, and I couldn’t drive. All I could think of was how I was going to get that degree. It made me want to live. It made me feel alive. I had three weeks to get myself healthy enough so I could go back to school. No one would have blamed me if I did not.
Since my eyes were not allowing me to see correctly, I spoke to the teaches about my situation. They taught me to shoot by numbers, to print by numbers, and to read the shades and color tones by numbers. Although I could not see well, I could compose, and I know the tone variations. I could read numbers on a light meter as well as the histogram on a camera, and I could see the tones. I had to trust the autofocus. I Purchased the best lens I could afford to help me with this. I was weak; I needed help setting up the lights and the modifiers and putting them away. I became used to asking for help. I learned we need each other to survive.
It took a couple of months before I got my diabetes under control. With glasses, I could see better. It was my pure desire and my love for photography that pulled me through. It gave me a desire to keep my sugar levels under control. It kept me alive. It helped me get better. Getting that darn degree in photography was my inspiration to get well. I found photography was my passion and gave me a desire to live.
My love for multi-media art and photography continues to this day. I love to study it. I love to do it. I love to share it. I love to see the emotional impact it has on others.
The last semester. I learned I had been studying under a master named Ed Rosenburg instructor Chris Callis. He was well known in photography; Chris Callis also taught the famous Dan Winters. Wow. What a treat. Plus, I achieved my goal and graduated. I found after I graduated, I wanted to learn more. I found some classes online and continue to learn to this day from the master’s in photography online.
I love to create and to travel, so yes, earning my degrees saved my life. Multi-Media and photography are my passion. I have kept most of the art I created for myself. Lately, yet, I have been sharing it. I have seen the impact it has on others. I have seen how it uplifts them.
I hope my art can save your life. I hope it can better your life as it has for me.
So, art saved my life, and I hope it can help you as well.