Destiny M:POWR’d Through Art
Authors note: We introduced you to Carlos last week through the eyes of his teacher and mentor Dr. Joanne Tawfilis. Read the story below and learn, in Carlos’ own words, how Mountain Shadows and the M:POWR project fueled his passion for art and painted the path to his true destiny.
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
“That’s where the artist in me came out,” says Carlos. “That’s where the passion to be an artist came to me. I’ve known art is my calling ever since.”
“I don’t let the wheelchair stop me. Whatever I set my mind to do, I do to the best of my ability.
“When the first Art Auction for M: POWR was done, I was the only artist to sell a painting to someone outside of Mountain Shadows.
One of Carlos’ first pa intings, and one of those he’s most proud of, is of Rafiki, the wise, shamanistic monkey from The Lion King movie. His Rafiki painting won 1st Place in the 1st Art Auction for M: POWR competition.
“I want to make each painting my own. I make each one different and unique.
“Painting is calming. I like seeing the reaction on people’s faces when they look at my art. I enjoy what I do.”
Carlos shares a love of painting with his father. “My dad is my best friend. Seeing him makes my day better. We paint together every Wednesday, mostly abstract paintings.
“I just am thankful for what I’ve learned and for what I’ve done over the past eight years. I’m always willing to help others. When I do, it makes me happy. I always try to go above and beyond to the best of my ability.”
In addition to painting, Carlos played and coached a Little League baseball team for many years. “It taught me to be a team player. There’s no “I” in “team.” I live by that.
“I did Taekwondo for several years too. That taught me about loyalty and respect.
“I want to inspire people and put a smile on their faces, whether they’ve had a bad day or not. I believe I’ve been put on this earth to help others, not just think of myself only.”
“I’m waiting for the day I get to meet her. It’s one of the top things on my bucket list – being on the news with my art. I just know there will be another meeting after I give her my paintings and I’ll be on the news.
“Who knows where my art career will go from there?”
“It’s the Circle of Life and it moves us all, through despair and hope, through faith and love, until we find our place on the path unwinding.”
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