Who am I?

Richard Verry, 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 a 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 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. 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. I compose the tens or hundreds of frames, into a story, 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 thrilled. 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

Revealing my true self is still scary in a politically correct world. With the advent of social media, the public routinely chastises the slightest offhand comment or opinion with outrage and indignity. Some say I have a deviant spirit. Maybe I do.

Many people ask 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 people 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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