From the time Dayton was able to pick up any form of writing utensil he was drawing. He was completely obsessed with Pokémon, so he drew picture after picture of them. It was his happy place. (I have kept most of them of course 😍) His next obsession was cars, so all he would draw were cars... you get the picture...
At first, I thought it was something fun he was doing and then he started drawing everything all the time and he was pretty good. I remember one of my friends asking him what his favorite color was and he said,
“Black. It makes all the other colors stand out.”
When he got into middle school, he chose an art class for his elective and he started showing some real talent. It was raw, but it was real and was an outlet for him. One time he was supposed to sculpt a heart and he made it look like a car engine! It was really cool!
When he went into high school he stopped creating his art, because he was so busy. A couple of years ago, I persuaded him to get back into an art class again. He got into AP Art his junior year just by showing the teacher some of his work. He is now a senior this year and is taking AP Art 2. He surprises me all the time with what he is working on. I love, love, love seeing his work. It gives me so much joy.
I asked him to paint me a picture for my birthday last year and he painted me a metaphor. It was a painting of a woman’s face in the center of a rose. He told me,
“A woman is like a rose, if you are gentle with her she is soft and sweet, but if you treat her badly she has thorns.”
He has always impressed me with his depth!
I remember when I was a little girl I wanted to be an artist, a singer and a musician. My kids have fulfilled my dreams for me. Breanna is my singer; Aurora is my musician; and Dayton is my artist.
Dayton has begun sketching for me for My Sisterwife’s Closet. I draw my design concepts first, but sometimes I need him to take my concept and illustrate it better because his talent is better than mine. It has been a lot of fun working with him. I am so proud of him.
As Dayton gets ready to graduate from high school and looks forward to college, I hope he continues to pursue his passion for his art and blesses the world with the talent that God has given him.