Tuesday, December 30, 2014

To My Supports,

 The end of the year is coming soon and I would to thank everyone who has made an inquiry into a speaking engagement. I am especially grateful to those who have invited me to their schools and organizations.  It may be a spark for others to follow their passion in life, but your positive responses also regenerates me after an appearance.  My recently those travels included a live painting demonstration at a DC Metro Theater, a panel at the United Nations, as well as an trip to China for a international art exhibit.

What should you expect upon an inspirational speaker? With me, there are no prepared scripts instead offering a spontaneous journey of life experiences.  I often find that a cookie cutter outline which most keynote presenter’s use is not as personal.  If your schedule would allow it, I could also provide a drawing demonstration of how my artwork is created.  The silver lining in an engagement focuses on my accomplishments but more importantly I want each viewer to be more inspired by every-day journey.

“King Gimp” was a story that so many could relate to.  It was about finding placement in life with independence, family, friends, education, breaking barriers and molding passions.  True love was in raw form making each viewer understand the parallel within their own life.  The challenges of my disability became a mystery of how I was able to defeat the odds.  “If Dan can…so can I” became one of my most favorite responses.  Truly, I am amazed how a humble hometown man can be ‘the reason’ to such inspiration.  Passion is unveiled being a keynote speaker. My art and live presentations brings thoughts out of my isolation.        

I assure you this experience is worthy of your investment.  Please fellow my adventures at https://www.facebook.com/kinggimpthoughts I look forward to reconnecting…   

Dan Keplinger/King Gimp

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Above The Sky

Above The Sky Line, 5/9/06 Mixed Media on Canvas 44.5 x 61.5

At a glance my work seems to be about my perception in society and how I overcome it. I include images of my wheelchair and other objects that help me through life because they are a major part of my daily life.  I morph these images with images of my body to create my own vocabulary.  However, these pieces are about much more than my disability. Obstacles and challenges are a universal part of the human condition. We all face them in everyday life, although, we have a choice as to how we deal with them. Many of us are likely to get discouraged during difficult times in our lives. In my work I hope to show everybody that they have the ability to persevere. 

At the time my theme of my work was the obstacles we face our daily life and how we choice to deal with them. The building are meant to represent steps, since I was have elevator problem at school that kept me from getting to my studio. There were days when I left my electric chair on the lower floor and just butt climb up to my studio. I was in the mindset of King Kong climbing around on builds. I was so powerful to over come that and nothing could get in my way.

The windows, or portals in the shy are the different choices we have to deal with our problems. Of course we never know if we are making the right until after the fact, but is just a part of life. Life is just a trail and error, we are learning on the way through the journey of life.