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Richard Verry began life floundering as he made his way through life. As he grew, he discovered his artistic and logic talents inherited in part from his parents. Dad was an excellent technician with the brush, but did not seem to have a creative side. Mom was very creative and dabbled in many mediums, but lacked technical expertise. Through osmosis, practice, and seeking help from outside sources, Rich blended their talents with his own and learned the skills he needed.
Throughout his childhood, Rich doodled in class, at home, and wherever. He sketched imaginary ships that could travel through space, water, air, and underground. He wrote many stories, all lost to time. As he grew, his subject matter changed even as his skills grew stronger. Reaching puberty, his thoughts focused more and more on girls, women and the female form, which manifested itself in his creativity. While he received little formal training in the arts, he experimented with various media and styles, including writing, sketching, drawing, and photography.
As an adult
His biography continues as an adult, earning a living took precedence over his talents. He married, had a child, divorced, and dealt with two long-term periods without a career job. Despite his tenacity to overcome life’s challenges, his career choice gave him satisfaction, though he always felt he lacked something critical in his life.
Richard graduated college, earning a Master’s degree in Information Systems. Doing it the hard way, he took part-time classes at night and weekends. It was slow going, taking over a decade to achieve his three degrees. Looking back, he feels as if he missed something in the experience and believes he would go full-time right from the start.
However, at the time, there was no one to show him the way, including his college prep highschool. It seems the college counselors overlooked his file until midway through his senior year, claiming that it was too late to do anything about it. He now knows they were full of shit. However, he’s proud of his accomplishments, proving to himself that he can overcome anything blocking his goals.
Years later, after surviving a painful divorce, he rediscovered his artistic side, putting into practice his motto. Over the past twenty years, he’s refined his drawing and painting skills, creating hundreds of compositions. He finds joy in writing his stories, stories that not everyone is writing but finding his way, and his niche, to stand out among the masses.
Richard Verry retired from his career as an Information Technology engineer and is prioritizing his creative skills daily. His artistry includes several published novels and an extensive gallery of drawings, watercolor, and oil paintings. He lives with his long-term live-in girlfriend, making their home in Rochester, NY, beside Lake Ontario in the north-eastern United States.