FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The way a Fort Worth doctor relieves his stress from surgery, makes him our latest Texan with Character.
With steady hands and a laser focus, Dr. Steven Weeden knows the art of design. By day, the orthopedic surgeon crafts hips and knees. But at home, he turns his attention to canvas.
Weeden isn’t formally trained when it comes to painting; he does it by heart.
“There was just something about spending time with a canvas and paint… and that quietness that just helped me through a difficult time,” said Dr. Weeden.
He turned to the arts as an outlet after his mother passed away from cancer in 2012. Now it’s an escape from the outside world.
“Based on some life stressers, I one day just decided to paint,” he said.
The parallels between surgery and painting aren’t lost on him – both require a refined touch and an ability to adapt.
“In this art, I can start a painting one way and turn it completely around,” Weeden said.
And the tools aren’t so different either. The Fort Worth doctor starts with clean blue towels, just like in the operating room. By contrast – he can let perfection go in his art.
The lifelong Texan said he’s influenced by the world around him, religion and his twin daughters. They’re his muses every time he dips his paint brush into the color pink.
“There are other things that have happened in my life that painting has buffered, has allowed a softening of some of the rough edges,” he said.
Trading a brush for a scalpel, he’s able to cut the stress, one stroke at a time.
“With paintings, you can always start over… and that’s a beautiful thing,” he said.
Weeden says he doesn’t sell his work, instead, he asks those who want to buy, to pay with a donation to charity.
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