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Hello everyone - I'm Martin Sketcher. Most of you and my friends and family knows me by my birth name. I'm a visual artist with more than 10 years experience, bring portraits (be it of people or animals) and other visual art to life, with what I believe really a God-given talent is.
In August of 2022, I lost everything. Finally. I say finally not as a sigh of relief, but as a "be doomed sword" that was hanging over my head, for quite sometime. I sit today, literally with only the clothes on my back.
We all, have experienced tremendous losses over the years with the pandemic and I have so much empathy and sympathy for everyone. Because I, am part of what you experienced.
Make no mistake, I've had wonderful friends and wonderful people that has helped me in the last 6 months. A wonderful family - on both sides with great support. I realise that as we stand here today, there are other major concerns around the world, that requires so much more help, assistance and lots of money for more worthy and needed causes.
I have promised myself that I will do everything possible, to take care of my family one day. Work hard. Work smart. Work with hope and ambition... I was always afraid of a "that day" that may come, where I won't be able to take care of my family anymore.
That day is today.
As proud as I am, and with lots of pride and lots of courage, I keep on pushing forward. However.... this is me scraping the bottom of the barrel and doing what I've promised myself - everything possible to take care of my family and therefore, my listing here on BackaBuddy.
I've exhausted all other avenues (that includes my partner, families, friends...), to save my business, to acquire new clients, to look at new ways on building several income streams... but have failed. Miserably.
I've applied for jobs. Many. So much that I can't even remember anymore. I'm either "over-experienced" or I don't qualify as I don't have a Bcom (one would think that experience would actually make up for this in todays day and age - I mean c'mon! You honestly want to tell me that a Bcom degree from 18 years ago, would help me today in an ever changing Digital and Online Marketing sphere?).
I've applied for funding! Everywhere... and I mean everywhere. There isn't a bank, financial institution, a government department, an art trust and then some, that I haven't tried. I'm a white, 35 year old male (I know some would argue that! LOL) - and I don't have 50.1% or 51% black ownership. I don't have the required credit record.
I don't have anything left to lose anymore.
As part of my spiritual conflict, I (and I kid you not), felt like I was HIT between the eyes with a snap from a VERY strong hand, and the immediate though came up - but hold on, I have a talent that I'm not using...... Is this the answer to all my "why's" from the last 6 months?
Martin Sketcher, was born and has received a lot of great feedback and fantastic praise, from the start.
But now... I need help. I need financial help to be able to get supplies. To purchase what I need, in order to continue with my talent. To create stunning art and be able to market and advertise to a bigger audience, that will hopefully in turn make use of Martin Sketcher for their portrait commissions.
Even if I don't make "target"... ANYTHING will be appreciated so much to enable me to get my supplies needed and continue with creating, drawing and sketching, so that I can get back up, and take care of my family again, soon.
And I'll be very happy and more than willing to provide all my donors with a sketch of their choice - of course! I don't want anything for free... just a kick start...
The profile photo is one of my commissioned portraits, as an example.
Thank you, for reading my note and for sharing my story.
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