“Since the age of five, I loved to draw. My mom always praised my work, even though it would be a simple thing like box cars,” expressed artist and entrepreneur, Dwayne McDowell.
“As I grew older, I worked hard and improved on my God-given talent but never took the time to admire any of my art work. I always appreciated other people’s work but never found that mine were great enough to compare.”
McDowell said all this time he was still attending primary school, eagerly awaiting to reach to secondary level so that he would be able to officially choose art as a subject, in order to pursue it as a possible job in the future, but unfortunately, the junior secondary school he entered did not possess the resources to earn a full-time art teacher.
“I was unable to get the formal training I so desired. I lost all interest in art. Sports and other typical teenage activities then led me.
“Upon graduating from that school, and entering senior comprehensive level, I was offered a package to choose my subjects and I was most excited when art was displayed as one of the subject choices, but to my dismay, I was not accepted into the art class.”
McDowell said he became devastated, and to his recollection, it was mainly based on the fact that art has limited space and since it was full, he was forced into taking business subjects.
Artist Dwayne Mc Dowell
“This disappointment left me discouraged to the point where I did not even want to continue to draw during my leisure time. I proceeded to pursue basketball as a replacement for art, and even dabbled in another artform, singing and chanting.”
Thirty-nine-year-old McDowell eventually became a father 11 years ago in 2011, but it was not until last year when his last child, three-year-old Zane, asked him to draw a car for him that he so much as picked up a pencil to draw again.
“I no longer had a sketchpad or proper drawing utensils, but I made do with a copybook and an HB pencil. Zane adored and loved the sports car and I, myself, was a tad impressed with how the sketch came out. His admiration of my work led to a renewed desire for me to start back drawing, which encouraged me to seek the tools I needed to pursue my initial dream of becoming a successful artist. I then drew Zane!”
McDowell is currently putting together his collection of artwork to have his first exhibition in weeks to come. His genre of art is pencil black and white medium of portraits and nature.
“I learned how to emancipate myself from mental slavery. I’m a very peaceful and humble soul. I’m steep in my African roots, and my art is intended to create peace and cause people to reflect on the beauty of life that which God has created. Life is art and we are the masterpieces of the grand artist – our Creator.
“I give thanks for all knowledge. I live and learn, and we must learn and live well.”
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