Art Saved My Life
How I hope my art can help you!
I had been searching trying to find my why in life. What was my passion e what makes me feel alive? what kept me. Life had to be more then work and money. I had to find what I loved. I was done with the old way in which I was living, I wanted to find my why 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, I wanted to grow up and be a multi-media artist. I didn’t believe them. The idea stuck in my head.
After a lot of searching I then learned Salt Lake Community College was offering a design program that didn’t cost $80,000 like some of the other colleges I looked at. The program was not accredited yet. 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. I was hooked. Photography! I had to get my photography degree. 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 didn’t realize my health was starting to deteriorate. Summer break came. I traveled a bit. I noticed my health decline more. Then one night my strength was gone I couldn’t 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 intensive care unit. I was lucky someone was just checking out and they had one room. I checked into as someone was just checking out, they only had two rooms. I couldn’t eat or drink anything for a couple days. I just 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 couldn’t see worth a darn, 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 blame me if I didn’t.
Since my eyes weren’t allowing me to see correctly. I spoke to the teaches about my situation. They taught me to shoot by numbers, to print by number and to read the shades and color tones by numbers. Although I couldn’t see well, I could compose, and I see 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 use to asking for help. I learned we need each other to survive.
It took a couple months before I got my diabetes under control. Eventually 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. His instructor Chris was well known in photography Chris 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 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 to myself. Lately, however 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, I hope it can help you as well.