Description My brother-in-law was cleaning his gun and shot himself through his hand. He's all right and has nearly made a full recovery (no broken bones, no nerve damage, and very minimal sensation loss). The difficult thing was my wife and I rushed down to his house (where he had shot himself) and cleaned up the mess so that his wife wouldn't come home to fine blood splatter over everything thing...ugh it was disturbing. I remember after securing the gun from the accident, and finding the shell casing and realizing that it was one of his hollow tipped fragmenting bullets - NOT the type of bullet you want to get shot with, and yet miraculously it was a very clean through-and-through wound. I intended this picture to have a more monochromatic feel to it, with a lean towards being dark, depressing, and dangerous. I used oil pastels for the main imagery in the picture, with some charcoal in the background.
Tobin Springs, Seattle Member Since May 2007 Artist Statement I am an artist. I love looking for an original idea, a new way of thinking, and seeing the beauty in things. Creativity and humor are important to me and I do what I can to facilitate an environment that have these present. I draw my inspiration from the people I meet and various events in my life. It is my goal not to just keep seeing that the glass is half full, but rather to find the source of the water that is filling the glass.
I am an Art teacher to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders within the Tukwila School District In Washington State. I enjoy teaching and the energy that kids bring with them wherever they go. As an adult it is important for us to recognize the power we have and just how much we influence our youth. It is my hope, that in my small way I will positively impact my students and help facilitate a better future.
Much of my Art work is inspired by my faith in God. The Bible has been a life-changing force in my life. My artwork pulls from famous Biblical people, imagery, and personally significant sections of the Bible. I look for meaning and power when considering an idea to illustrate and for me, nothing compares to my faith in my Lord Jesus Christ. Not all of my artwork has a blatant Christian theme, however, my faith flavors all aspects of my life, and my artwork is no exception.
I am honored that you have taken the time to learn a little bit more about me. God bless.