Happy Friday fellow readers! Another day behind us and a new day upon us. Let us all live today for the greatness that it has within it. In today’s publication of Friendly Friday I want to talk about some of the inspirations in my life. These are people that have inspired me that I have never met, but they have done something that sparked something in me.

When I was growing up for as long as I can remember every Friday night my parents got together with their friends played cards and we watched horror movies. I loved the adrenaline rush of being scared, and to this day I still thoroughly enjoy a good horror movie or story. That enjoyment of horror lead me to an Author/Artist/Cinematographer by the name of Clive Barker. In high school I discovered his writing not even realizing he was behind some of my favorite horror movies. The first book I ever read of his is called Weaveworld. Never in my life have I read a book that took me from where I was sitting and I actually felt like I was inside this world he created. I didn’t put that book down or sleep for two days to finish it. I then embarked on a journey to read as much of his material as I could and then I discovered everything else he performed. His words on paper inspired me to want to write my own stories, and I’ve never stopped writing since then. There are very few famous people in this world that I would actually get excited about meeting, but this man would be and had been #1 on my list since I was 13 years old. An opportunity to meet him and talk to him would be more valuable than anything I could imagine.

The artist in me has always loved all the greats. There are so many that are so talented I don’t know how you really pick just one, but I did. For me my artistic inspiration comes from MC Escher. He s a dutch graphic artist that actually used math to inspire his work. While I don’t enjoy math I enjoy the geometry and repetition in his work. He had such amazing lines that were so clear yet so fluid at the same time. I carry that over into a lot of my abstract pieces. I want you to be able to flow through the painting or draw and line and stop if you want to. To have art speak to you is a profound thing and his speaks to me deeply and means something to me. His favorite piece of work for me is called Reality and Illusion.

These two really are what inspire me with my current writing and art and those two things are super important to me in my life. I have other lesser inspirations as well and I may share those another day. I also have people that are in my life on a daily basis that inspire me and that will also be for another time. Until next time…What’s your confession.