“I have slept under bridges.”
“I have slept on the streets.”
He’s spent eight years on the streets. For William, it’s a constant struggle.
“It’s hard, because people do label homeless people,” said WIlliam. “There’s a lot of intelligent and really creative people out here.”
If you look beyond the cover. If you turn the pages…
The dramatic structure of William’s story is still in its exposition.
He’s more than a homeless man.
He’s a creative.
And he puts that creativity to canvas at the Stewpot Art Program in Dallas.
“I do enjoy it because it keeps me peaceful in the mind. It keeps me.. It’s able to tell me what I can do. It shows me what I can do if I just sit there and do something on a canvas, because I’m like, oh, I can do that. I can do this,” said William.
The program gives William the opportunity to hone his craft. It’s not like he’s ever studied art.
“Just the normal 7th and 8th grade art classes,” he said.
He’s starting to get some attention for his talent, but don’t think that changes his outlook.
“I don’t know. I don’t, like, ‘ooh and ash’ myself. If someone else thinks it’s great, perfect,” he said.
William’s humble demeanor makes him a good protagonist, doesn’t it? It makes you wonder where this story is headed.
For now, William will be happy to just be recognized as something more than a label.