Lower Burrell’s David Shipley, 60, has worn the hat of artist, Christian crusader and television actor, but the yearning to create and develop as an artist always prevailed.
â€œI loved to draw and make pictures,â€� Shipley says, â€œbut I was born with … an essential tremor, and my hands would shake. My second-grade teacher told me one day in class, â€˜I hope you don’t plan on being an artist with those shaking hands.’ â€�
Shipley manages his condition with medications, but in school, he couldn’t carry his cafeteria tray and was teased by classmates who called him â€œShakely.â€� Instead of backing down, he worked out with weights, bulked up and became a star football player in his hometown of Lubbock, Texas.
The day after he graduated from high school, Shipley spent two years hitchhiking across America, supporting a vagabond lifestyle
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