Sunday, December 16, 2012

Kevin Hastings: quietly going about being awesome.

this is Kevin.  He's a brilliant artist.  He's cool.  He loves his kid, and speaks highly of his wife.   He's renovating an old church into a home/studio/cafe.   He's also spokesperson for The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program with North Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre (NSILC).  NSILC asked me to photograph Kevin in his environment for their recent promotional campaign.
 When in his twenties, Kevin was diagnosed with ADHD and only regained his creativity when, through the support of family and friends, he went off Ritalin. He also credits the Northern Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre (NSILC, Saskatoon) for giving him aptitude and career testing, and for offering small group seminars on bookkeeping that prepared him to meet the challenges of being a self-employed artist.
I don't know Kevin all that well but I do know that after meeting him, I couldn't wait to meet his wife and son, to see the fruition of his hard work as an artist and dreamer.  I am posting this blog three days after the tragedy in Sandy Hook, USA.  When I logged onto Facebook to grab a couple of details about Kevin to share with you.  This was this was post for the day:
This is what I choose to focus on. The world needs more love.
That's just the kind of guy he is.


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