It started about five years ago as a challenge from my therapist to create something in my workshop," said Army Veteran Larry Beauford. But what has transpired has even surprised the Seminole, Oklahoma, native. "What I have found since taking that challenge has been renewed strength and a reason to get up in the morning."
One of Mr. Beauford’s iron creations, Broken Promise, was selected to adorn the cover of the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (JRRD) in 2013. "Knowing that people are enjoying my artwork really helps me to fight my depression," said Mr. Beauford. "I selected each of my entries because they are my personal favorites and to see them on display along with other artists’ work sparks my energy."
The self-taught artist/sculptor, who is representing the Oklahoma City Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, has been recognized for his work before, having won a Gold Medal at the 2007 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. He also had his work displayed at the 2010 Festival.
This year marks the 10th year of JRRD sponsoring artists for the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. "This exceptional event is a natural fit for JRRD," said Stacieann Yuhasz, PhD, editor. "As the only scientific journal produced by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and since creative arts and creative expression have been shown to provide rehabilitative benefits to people suffering with emotional and physical disabilities, it makes perfect sense for us to partner and support the healing efforts of our Nation’s Veterans."Back to Artwork Gallery