I do not believe in the "starving artist" label. I do like to eat good food and wear nice clothes. I do not, however, limit myself of ideas, concepts, imagination, or reality. I consciously take in all of what life has to offer and I absorb it to the fullest. When the emotions are too strong to keep inside, whether they feel good or not, that is when I realize that emotions this strong were not meant to be kept hidden in ones soul, but to be expressed. It is at this point that I do.
Biography: January 29,1970, the date of my birth, is when my course in life began. I did not know what it was I wanted to be, much less know what I wanted out of life, for I was much too young. After my brother and sister were born, my parents, originally from Mexico, decided that our future was in Houston, so we moved. Six was my age when I began school. I remember my interest in color and painting, developing from this time on through high school. I pursued my interest in the fine arts until I reached my senior year in high school. It was then that I understood that in order for me to get anywhere, I had to get a degree. In 1989, upon my graduation and own free will, I moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas. I chose Mechanical Engineering as my major, figuring that I could put my strong technical skills to work. A year went by, I decided that I was more artistic than technical, and chose to change my major to Fine Arts. Another year lapsed, and during that year I saw the rapid depletion of funds. I had to get a job. I had a conflict of interest within myself. I needed the money but I did not want to put my art in the back burner. Reality is one thing, and me wanting things to go a certain way is another. I chose to have a job. Well, it is 2000 and after 9 years in the work force, I have managed to keep my artwork alive while maintaining a full time job. I am attending Park University, and have been for the last year and half. I am working on a Bachelor’s in Management of Information Systems. This is what I will be doing in the real world to buy those nice clothes and that good food. I am sure that "starving artists" abound, contemplating alternate forms of reality, discovering different realms of consciousness or what have you, focusing on their art, leaving other areas of their life to chance. I say, the hell with chance, I live in reality and insanity is my playground. T h e E n d. Leamsi
Country: United States
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