Bump On Head Leads Artist To Inspiration

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Bob Temple's dream is to open his own art gallery in Payson.

"I want to sit in the window and paint. People can watch me paint and see how a painting goes through different stages," Temple said.

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Reflections at Green Valley Park

He may be a summer or two out before he can achieve his dream, as his business as a home appraiser is tied to the real estate market, but his dream might never have come into being without his profession.

He bumped his head in a closet he was inspecting in December 2006. Three weeks later, doctors diagnosed him with the depression, anxiety and weakness associated with post concussion syndrome.

Recovery is an ongoing process. Now, Temple says it is mostly his ability to concentrate that has suffered.

He had not picked up a paintbrush in 15 years, but by August 2007, he had a revelation.

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Angel at East Verde River

"I had let the higher power, God into my life which awoke a strong urge to paint," Temple said.

He discovered when he tried to use the old techniques and palette of colors he had set aside, he could paint only a few minutes at a time before his concentration ebbed away.

"I had to let my mind go and not think, just let it flow," he said.

When he did this, painting felt effortless, "like God was taking over my hand."

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Geese and Park

Now Temple says his colors are brighter, his brush strokes are more confident and he paints five times as fast.

Landscapes are the subject of his enjoyable avocation.

Temple enjoys painting local scenes, following in the footsteps of French impressionists who often painted the world around them.

"I should have bumped my head 20 years ago. I'd be a famous artist by now. I guess things happen at a certain time for a certain reason," Temple said.

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Bob Temple

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