"Finding my gifts"
My older cousin, Samuel Everett, introduced me to art by showing me how to draw superheros at the age of eight. Sam showed me how to transformed a stick figure into a muscle bound superhero. At a young age, Sam was considered a child prodigy in visual arts by his peers and art teachers. Sam's drawing process fascinated me and I continue to go to Sam for small lessons. We would draw cars, faces and animals. He could draw almost anything and created his personal catalog of superheros. He created a superhero called "Panther man" and his hero had to save the world from different villains. I believed Sam could have been the next Stan Lee if the opportunities existence. His talents attracted positive attention and I wanted to be like him. Sam showed me so many drawing techniques that I eventually started winning art contests in elementary school. I started receiving positive attention; as a result, I eliminated the negative behavior in my life. I wanted to spend time mastering my artistic talents and less time hanging in the streets. Art change my life and help me find a purpose. Thank you Sam for opening the door.
Collage on Paper
Chad Cortez Everett
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