BATTLING a rare bone disease and bound to a wheelchair for life.
These though, do not stop 37-year-old Kapampangan artist Erwin V. Dayrit in living up his dreams, drawing inspiration from art through pen and ink and various media.
During the opening of the City of San Fernando’s “American Pikinisan at Kalalangan Kapampangan” art exhibit and trade fair at the historic train station in the city on Saturday, Dayrit spoke with much enthusiasm and keen determination to pursue his craft, which to many, has reached a level of perfection.
“I do not want to be bothered my disability. I do not think about it anymore. God has given a skill and talent that I can share to everyone. Being physically challenged is not a hindrance for anyone with dreams and aspirations and art is a very good avenue for achieving that,” he said.
Determined, Dayrit worked hard to finish his drafting course at the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU) in Bacolor town. With the help of his family and classmates from DHTVSU, he and some of his friends established an arts and sign business.
It was, so to speak, the beginning of his journey as an artist.
Recognizing his talent, the City Government of San Fernando conferred him the Outstanding Fernandino Award for the arts in 2011 and a distinction from the Bahay Kubo ng Sining Foundation, Inc. for his various works that have won in local and national competitions.
Now, Dayrit is a mentor at Guhit Pinas, a Facebook art community.
“He is a very good mentor and you really would not see him bothered or sulking over his disability. Inspired by art, he has similarly inspired us to give it our best in every piece of work we do,” shared his colleagues at Guhit Pinas.
Dayrit’s sister Zorina put it rightfully well when she told Filipino Artists Magazine: “Erwin is determined to prove that his condition will not prevent him from doing the things he enjoys most. Being disabled is not a choice but being happy to fulfill dreams is!" (JTD)