Douglass Truth Creative Entrepreneurby Tyler Woods on Jun. 30, 2013, under Artist
I say it’s a Facebook thing. I have friends on Facebook that I do not know, that I am getting to know. So many of them are part of the local artist and business scene and I feel honored to be getting to know so many of them. That is why today, Tucson Biz Beat proudly salutes Douglass Truth. He is a writer, artist and performer and Tucson has gotten very lucky to welcome Truth to our wonderful community.
This “late starting artist” came to Tucson very recently from Northern California because he felt it might be a great place to continue his work. He was right, Tucson holds Truth near and dear to its heart as his performances and art work begin to surface. Not bad for a guy who started painting when he was 45 and doing theater a decade later at the age of 55. “These have been the most successful things I’ve ever done.” Truth says.
How did he become this creative entrepreneur? “I wandered a great deal, did a lot of different jobs, never finished college and barely finished high school. I hopped freight trains and raced motorcycles; worked on the pipeline in Alaska in the 1970s. I have washed a lot of dishes and slung a lot of hash.”
That in itself is creative, most of us call it staying afloat, but I believe Douglass will call it surviving and that is just what he is a survivor. He has the credentials of being a survivor. ” I almost died from a brain infection in 1998; when I came out of it, I was a different person.”
Truth had to learn basic human functions like talking all over again and it clearly changed him. “I knew at least three things I didn’t really know before: There is a god; we’re all in it together; and there’s absolutely nothing to worry about.”
Maybe that is why there appears to be death in his work. “In my paintings shadowy figures from the underworld and black dogs abound. My play/monologue is titled An Intimate Evening with Death Herself (it began as Death As A Salesman). My last book is Everything I Know About Death.”
A near death experience sure can turn a middle aged man into creative artist, writer and performer and is just what Douglass Truth is all about. Don’t worry he is not a dreary man, in fact, he is rather light hearted. “I try very hard not to pack my work with any particular meanings. I do see them there after the fact. But I think the art should come first – the laughter of the audience, the smile and countenance when someone sees one of my paintings, the slight smile I might see when someone is reading one of my books.”
You can catch some of Truth’s artwork at the Epic Cafe and that is where you can see him hang out on Sundays as well. He has a performance the Fluxx Gallery in late September and will be shooting a video promo of his performance Death, Herself. Out here at the ranch where I live, Ranch Haven, we hope to get Truth to perform Death Herself on our stage when it cools down for a performance under the stars.
Douglass says about Tucson, “People have recently just mysteriously showed up in my life. That kind of thing keeps happening here. I love it.” The Tucson community loves having this sort of talent as part of our community as well. So Tucson Biz Beat Salutes this wonderful artist, writer and performer Douglass Truth and hopes Tucsonans get a chance to read, watch, or view some of this wonderful mans creative genius.