Urlifestyle Magazine October 2016 October 2016 - Page 12

Amanda: When did you realize you wanted to become an artist? Bryan: Pretty much my whole life, but I think I got into it more in the last 7 yrs. It seemed very calming and helped me with my anxiety. It kind of helped me though my issues with anxiety. A: Did you go to school for art? B: No. Mostly I’m self-taught, and have learned from others. People have helped here and there. A: Do you get frustrated when you are trying to learn a new technique? B: Yes, but I know to breath through it. I’m very heavily into my breathing techniques to help me stay calm and it (proper breathing) helps me concentrate. A: How many pieces do you think you have done so far? B: (laughs) Probably over 300 in the last 7 years. A: What is the largest piece you have done? B: 40X60. A Tree of Life that was finished in 11 hours. (Katelyn and Bryan Video taped. Katelyn Kroh, Bryan’s beautiful bride, says it was the most beautiful piece Bryan has ever done. Bryan said he ended up trading it to an Art Collector for some Roman coins. B: For me it’s never been about the money. It’s more about making people Happy. I prefer to do the work, That’s why I do it. A: Do you make any funny expressions on your face while painting? B: (laughs) Yes I sometimes end up with my tongue sticking out while I’m painting. A: Have you been participating in any festivals or shows to promote your work? B: I just started doing that. I joined B.D.A.C. (Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative) last year as a full time member. Other than that, I have just done Digital Rising. I also donated to a silent auction for a friend that passed away from cancer. Michael Crawford inspired me through his own drawings. I think if he were still here, he would have gone far. A: What social media platforms do you use to promote your artwork? B: I have a facebook page under www. facebook.com/ravensllc I also have some of my personal work on instagram also on ravens llc . I also have a website: www.gallery.com/ravensllc A: Out of everything you have done thus far, can you tell me any crazy, strange but true fan or trip stories? B: I practice holistic healing, through healing hands it’s called Reiki, I took a trip to Washington because this lady said she was a Reverend and Master level Reiki healer. I met her on a spiritual page on Facebook, and she seemed to know what she was talking about. Unfortunately, when I got there she was neither of those things. She lived in a shack in the middle of no where. I kind of felt like I was in a scary movie. She said a wizard lived in her house and told her what she had to do. She kept her door open. There was strange writing all over her walls. She would just light matches and when she did she looked like she changed shape. She also said she was in charge of the Ashtar Galactic Command. What I saw I saw… and then I left right away! When I deleted her from facebook, facebook said, “I’m sorry you had this experience.“ A: Have you ever repeated that story to anyone before, and do they think you’re crazy? B: Yes and everyone looks at you like “Whaaat?”. In the last 7 years, while I have been working on my painting, I have read about every religion, down to their basis. I’m trying to understand what’s missing in each one. Like, all of the problems in each. Putting them together is kind of like putting a puzzle together. religion purported to worship both Christ and the devil. The couple believed that when the world ended, Christ and Satan would collaborate, with Christ judging the living and the dead and Satan carrying out his orders. Berkowitz and Charles Manson were all believed to be members of either the Process Church itself or one of its spinoffs. Terry was also able to connect the 1978 death of John Carr at Minot Air Force Base to both the Process Church and Son of Sam murders. Carr, who was shot in the head at the home of his girlfriend, was initially listed as a suicide, but it Hillside Cemetery Beneath University of Mary, supposed turned out, John’s father, Sam Carr site of satanic cult activity. of Yonkers, was the inspiration for the term “Son of Sam.” Berkowitz told Terry have heard or seen something she shouldn’t the group likely killed John Carr, a diaghave,” he surmised. “They may have feared nosed schizophrenic, because of his bizarre she would expose them.” Either that or she behavior and the fact he was untrustworthy. discovered there was a person, or persons, Berkowitz also fingered Carr as one of the involved in Satanism, who, if exposed, would Son of Sam shooters. be greatly embarrassed and possibly lose a Terry traveled to Minot, N.D., where he position of authority. “Someone in Bismarck interviewed Lieutenant Terry Gardner of the okay’d this and someone had the hooks to get Ward County Sheriff’s Department, who had rehelp on the West Coast. This was a pretty soceived a book from Berkowitz during the time phisticated operation,” he insisted. “I think he was investigating Carr’s death. The book one of them was the law firm visitor. And one was the Anatomy of Witchcraft by Peter Hainof those two still lives in Bismarck.” ing and on page 114, Berkowitz (or someone) In fact, there were rumors in Bismarck had underlined the following passage: “The about well-known men and women who were shade of Aleister Crowley looms large in the members of a Satanic club that sacrificed area, but his excesses pale into insignifianimals and drank blood. cance compared to today's devil worshippers.” Brad King, a Bismarck dentist and forIn the margins, he had written: “Arliss [sic] mer classmate of Arlis Perry’s, recalled: Perry. Hunted, stalked and slain. Followed to “There were a lot of religious groups coming California,” and scribbled at the top of the through town at the time. I remember seepage was: "Stanford Univ." (Berkowitz later ing people dressed in priest’s outfits. But admitted the chilling notations were his.) instead of white collars, they wore red colMany scoffed at Terry’s claims and his lars and sported upside-down crosses draped response was: “Why would he [Berkowitz] make around their necks. I think they were called it up? He had no motive, no reason. He’s conthe Holy Order of MANS.” Nevertheless, he fessed to three murders, he’s not getting wasn’t convinced Terry’s theories concernout.” ing Arlis’s death were correct. King recalled Following his trip to Minot, Terry next being interviewed in his office by Califortraveled to Stanford where he retraced Arnia detectives just before he attended his lis Perry’s steps that led to her death. He 10-year class reunion. “The police heard a concluded that as many as four people were rumor that someone in our class had set up involved in her murder, including William an altar for her, but it was just a couple of Mentzer, and one or more cult members from photos of her along with other classmates Bismarck. 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