Hank Edwards, Artist in Recovery
“How big is your God?” was the cathartic question that encouraged Hank Edwards to pursue his dreams. Since that moment, Hank has had 2 successful solo art exhibitions and has sold original paintings in Mexico, China, Canada, and all across the USA.
Life did not always look like this for Hank. In 2012, he thought his life was over due to addiction. Over time, his social drinking had turned into alcoholism, which wreaked havoc on his family and on what had been a successful career. Little did he know that his life was just beginning, and it all started with a step on the road towards recovery.
After completing an addiction treatment program, Hank moved into (and eventually managed) Any Lengths, a recovery home in Austin, Texas. Guided through prayer and meditation, Hank purchased some acrylic paint. He had not painted anything since his youth, but within 3 months, people showed a keen interest in his work. While attending a treatment center alumni reunion, a peer mentor ask him the question that would propel him, his recovery, and his art career.
Now Hank paints every day and has donated many original pieces to charity. In 2015, Hank designed the Recovery Rocks T-shirt that helped RecoveryPeople promote Recovery Month events across Texas.
To learn more about Hank and his art, check out his RecoveryPeople profile and/or his website, hankedwardsfinearts.com.