Richard Verry, Who am I?

Who am I?

I’ve often wondered who am I? I am the son of a war veteran who, upon return home from war, found his bride had moved on in life, leaving him and a baby behind. I suppose I should consider myself lucky as I was born to his second wife. Otherwise, I might not be around today. Both were creative people. Dad’s creativity came from his soul but had technique like I’ve never seen before. Mom had the artistic talent but little skill. Consequentially, I inherited some from each of them. However, just not enough to know what to do with it. I had to figure that out all on my own.

What makes me … me?

Thousands of images and scenes still flow through my mind every day. I can’t capture them all. I wish I could, though I do try in my artwork and writing, but so many of them get away from me. Don’t get me wrong. I love every piece I create. I pour my soul is into each of them. However, they fall short in that it takes too much time to build a single frame of a scene. Most of all, I want more. I need more. Nothing is impossible. What do you know? There’s my motto again. That’s when I rediscovered creative writing.

Looking inside

My stories do a better job of capturing some of these images that flow through my thoughts. It is why I like to paint realism and write dramatic fiction centered on fantasy, sci-fi, and the beautifully impressive, naked female form. Ahhh, women, seems like they are all beautiful? I can incorporate dozens of images into scenes within a single story. Each composition is segmented into tens or hundreds of frames, capturing the thoughts and behaviors of my characters. Hence, I found that I can seize my imagery using words. It’s beautiful and makes me very happy. As you read my stories or view my paintings, you can visualize that I apply my motto in my creative works just as I do in my everyday life. Maybe even more so.

Reaching outward

Furthermore, revealing my true self is still scary in a politically correct world. The slightest offhand comment or opinion is publicly chastised with outrage and indignity. Some say I have a deviant spirit. Maybe I do. More than one person asked me why I think so, much as they don’t see me that way?  Some embrace what I expose while others do not. I have decades of experience hiding parts of me from the world. However, I’m learning to rewrite those feelings and embrace who I am. Thankfully, I have an exceptional person in my life who allows me the freedom to be who I honestly am, to explore my inner self and live by my motto.

So, there you have it.

I’m a free-spirit man embracing as much as I can, accepting others and their beliefs, even if those beliefs may make me nauseous. I will never try to change anyone, and I expect they, in turn, will not to work to change me. Therefore, I am open-minded enough to understand that not everything may be the truth. As such, I question everything, demanding to know the authoritative source of any supposed fact tossed at me. From that, I make my judgments.


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