In Chisum’s Words:
Life is a wondrous adventure. One can whine about their misfortunes, or learn from them and advance with a clearer vision of self worth. I chose the latter. Bright and promising is a far cry from dark and gloomy.
Through my painting, I am able to flit through the trees and flowers, unencumbered by my physical being. I can advance with the wide-eyed surprise of innocence first glimpse at all the wonders under the sun pierced canopy.
I initially thought of painting as a way to divert my pain to a more acceptable plateau. My health is not so great, as I would wish it.
I painted sporadically. As my pain increased, I definitely needed a viable outlet, so I attempted what I thought to be impossible. I began to paint, but with a vengeance. I have been painting with enthusiasm and perseverance for twenty-six years.
As I began to be more involved in painting, I found the diversion from pain was most acceptable. It was surprising to find that with a little encouragement and a lot of effort, I, could paint. I enjoyed what I was doing and my pain was more at bay; there, but not the controller of my life it had been for ever so long.
I have studied with many noted artists, some were Masters. I have been blessed with some truly great friends through these connective excursions in time and space . . . Painting.
For those of you who deal with chronic pain, I say, find an outlet. For me, painting has re-channeled the current of pain as well as given a tangible record of my time and efforts.
I do most of my painting in the wee hours of the morning, when pain is overwhelming and sleep eludes me. I envision painting as a free spirited fairy; flitting adventurously through the mist, sprinkling time and space with joys of wonder.
Take a chance, what have you got to lose? Life is like a carousel; the brass ring is within your reach, if you have but the courage to seek it out! Find yourself a diversion. Leave an imprint on time . . .