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Participant Information

Edwin Ferran

City:
Sonoma
State:
CA
Country:
USA
Essay:

I've been a good drawer/sketcher since I was a kid, making my own Spiderman comics and such. As an adult that skill has translated into the ability to create 'meeting murals', aka graphic recording/facilitation, whereby I capture the proceeding of conferences, workshops, meetings on large butcher block sheets of paper using felt markers and pastels. It wasn't until 5 years ago or so that I dared put brush to canvas...acrylics at first, in a very drawing-type manner. I have since 'graduated' to oils and once I get over the mental speed bumps that steer me away from the studio, I find myself enjoying the process of seeing a painting unfold before me.

I'm very much in a learning mode now, and I generally work from mages/photos clipped from magazines.I was diagnosed with Parkinson's in April, 2005, and to date, I am symptomatic primarily on my right side, which is fortunate artistically speaking since I am left-handed. I am curious how my art will develop as my disability progresses.

I ascribe to the spirit of the words spoken by Lou Gehrig at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939: "Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth."