Mondays with William

Artist and painter William Laga is a wonderful story. Last spring, he was a homeless scihizophrenic who liked to paint. Today, he’s in Paris, with a studio, and representation, and a place to sleep and shower.

You can see his story here: http://cbs2.com/video/?id=103642@kcbs.dayport.com  Just key in “William Laga” for the search term and watch some of the tapes. Or read about him here: http://wcbstv.com/entertainment/william.laga.painting.2.1018207.html

Diagnosed with Schizophrenia at 16, he spent 30 years on the streets of Westwood. For about 27 years, he’s been walking 16 miles down to Pierce College to attend art classes.  The professors let him sit in and paint.

A French transplant, Marcelle Danan, living in California recognized Laga’s brilliance, and began to spend time with him and buy him paint and canvas.  Then she took him and his art to Paris.  And Paris loved his work.

There are jewels hidden in everywhere, in everyone.  But you have to be willing to look, and really see.

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