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Alcoholic Outsider Artist

When I stopped drinking, I started drawing and now I cant stop. Everything I have today I owe to the program of Alcoholics Anonymous and a daily relationship with God. I try to carry the message and give away what was freely given to me through my art.

My pictures are confused, abrupt, adamant, honest and entirely lacking in foresight. They are born from an argument between life's experiences, subconscious impulses and my own muddled aesthetic preferences; this dialogue is strained but ongoing. They are made possible only by the depth of my illness and the gift of my sobriety. I have accepted both graciously. They are, individually and as a group, an unwitting self-portrait.

Wausau, Wisconsin

Simon Lane
Marker and pen on paper
Wrestling show
Marker and pen on paper