Artist Statement: “In my work, I look to transcend time to illuminate the complex thread of mankind. Exploring the opposing elements and the idea of beauty and light, I believe one must embrace the dark truths that are as much part of our lives as the innate pull towards hope. Light and dark, orde...
Artist Statement: “In my work, I look to transcend time to illuminate the complex thread of mankind. Exploring the opposing elements and the idea of beauty and light, I believe one must embrace the dark truths that are as much part of our lives as the innate pull towards hope. Light and dark, order and chaos, the cerebral and the instinctive – each requires the other in order for harmony to ebb & flow.”
On 3 December of 2012, I was t-boned by a reckless driver in a Toyota Tundra at 50-mph on my custom Buell motorcycle. I had a fraction of a second to evaluate the situation and make a conscience decision to avoid this peril. I got on top of my bike and flipped over in an aerial maneuver of the oncoming Tundra before being crushed. I cleared the truck, however, my impact on the concrete street caused major damage, even though I was covered from head to toe in the best of modern gear for motorist. My left arm was shattered from wrist to elbow, jaw, lower back, right foot broken, in lieu of the soft tissue in areas of impact damaged from the fall. I laid helpless on the road for over two-hours before the police showed up in this major intersection at 9:08 am on a Monday morning.
I am a U.S. Air Force veteran who served active-duty during and and after the Persian Gulf War. If not for my life long training in the martial arts since childhood, and the military, I would have lost my life from the motorcycle accident. I was trained to survive and thrive in the most dire situation, so this was nothing new though not welcomed.
I was hospitalized at Tampa General Hospital ICU for over two-weeks after the accident. The docs who were the best of their field that operated and treated me, gave me little to no hope of recovery of a full life due to the overwhelming severity of the injuries sustained.
I spent my whole life prior to this accident to protect, serve, and celebrate the arts (martial arts, military, music performance, films, and art.) to share a message of hope and light that would enable change and freedom from within. But since this accident, I was left with the overwhelming challenge to rise up from the ashes that left my body, mind, and spirit in ruin. I could not accept the mere thought of being handicap nor unable to live life at full-volume to soar far beyond the sun, so I did something about it.
No matter what life throws at you, you have the will to change what you will if you want it bad enough. I will never be the same as before the accident, however, the arts in my life has enabled me to reclaim what the medical community and naysayers thought would not be possible. I am a firm believer, advocate, and a living testament that the arts can heal and bring about dynamic revival to an individual and the world.
Providence favors the bold.
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