I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at 36, I'm 49 now. It was good for me to know, as I wondered since I was a child, "Why am I different, and why do I seem to look at things differently than a lot of people?" Well, sometimes, finding out reasons is a good thing. Did it make life easier? In some ways, it actually did. I have learned that to be self-aware can be a very fruitful thing. If you know your short-comings, know what makes you angry or upset, what you'll put up with and what you won't, is wise. It can serve you in your life. As they say, "Know thyself."
Now, on to why this book exists. I have painted a lot of paintings. I've sold a lot of these paintings, over 500 at last count. That's a rare thing for a painter. Am I grateful? Heck, yeah! I also love painting. I love that people around the world can enjoy my unique art. They appreciate my way of translating something of this world we share. This is an awesome thing. Many of these people know I have Asperger's and I'm glad they do. I sleep better at night keeping myself as real as possible. That honesty also makes its way into my work. Real emotion and honesty are two keys to good art. There is also skill, which must start with learning to draw and then years of painting. There is no short cut. It's hard work, time, and experiencing life.
This book is about what one man on the autism spectrum can do when he is tenacious and BELIEVES...
...I hope you enjoy this very personal book...it was a life-in-the-making...cheers.
That's my love, Misty. It was her idea that I put the book put. She also helped a lot with the book. She has a huge IQ, is such a strong person, and has a heart full of love. She's my soulmate. A big thank you to her. I love this goofy pic!