"When you love something you see it every where. When i first started painting i would see images and colors i wanted to reproduce anywhere I was. I could be in a restaurant, in a car, outside... Where ever i was i would see things, go home and try to turn it into a painting. Roughly 8 years ago, While in church I remember seeing a slide of a sun setting in between two houses then going home and painting something similar on canvas. 8 years later I'm still painting that image."
- Tim Strouss
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ACRYLIC ON CANVAS
32" x 38"
San Jose, CA
A native of San Jose, California, Tim began painting six years ago. Following complications from a surgery in 2008, Tim was left with partial paralysis on his left side. He has use of one arm and walks with a heavy limp when not using his wheelchair. When discussing painting as a form of self-expression, Tim says, "it's cathartic, challenging and engaging. Over the years, creating and painting have served to illustrate things about myself or my life in a way that nothing else does."
Selling the artwork he creates has special significance for Tim. He elaborates, "When someone says in essence, ‘I want to decorate my life and personal space with something of your thoughts, emotions, life, personal story, etc., and I’ll pay you for it,’ that validates, motivates and vindicates me. Overall, selling my art makes me feel honored and appreciated. And, it allows me to make more art!"
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