Set On the Path

In 1969 I tried to draw the portrait (by Manuel Gregorio Acosta) of Cesar Chavez on the cover of TIME magazine. I sat at a TV tray in our living room with a pencil and sketch pad struggling to get a likeness. I was ready to give it up but my mom encouraged me to finish it. For a first try, not too shabby. I entered it in the White Rock Elementary School student art show and to my surprise it won first place.

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Mom congratulating me on winning first place in my elementary school art show.

Mom congratulating me on winning first place in my elementary school art show.

Am I an artist? Hell yes.