artwork by local homeless & non-traditional artists 423-521-4707 110 E. Main Street, Chattanooga, TN 37408
“Walnut Street Bridge” Darron DeSantis $115. Darron R. DeSantis, a two year resident of Chattanooga, is originally from New Hampshire. Darron taught in public schools for 14 years. In 2010, after being unlawfully terminated, he had to sleep in his SUV in freezing temperatures. After his SUV and all of his possession were towed and unable to be recovered, he was homeless and jobless for the first time in his life. Mr. DeSantis is now a member of AIM Center and receiving treatment for dipolar disorder. He finds great solace in painting with watercolor.
Artist Profile: Amy Dinsmore
Amy attributes her artistic influence to her grandmother, who gave her a scrap box that she and Amy and Amy’s mother kept full of “tidbits” treasures with which to create. This grandmother would supply her with “real” art materials and encouraged her free expression on these special summer visits of her childhood. After struggling for many years with physical and psychological issues, Amy renewed her former passion for making art from odds and ends, finding that it helps her to cope with her fragmented emotions. She has developed a style that combines collage technique with sculptural use of vintage, found objects.