Buy This Damn Book: Memoir of an Aspie Artist is the memoir of Canadian artist, Carl Parker. In advance of his 50th birthday, he recounts the events, people and places that have shaped him and his work. He takes the reader on an emotional journey though neglect, marginalization, abuse, trauma along with love, acceptance and fun. His raw and honest account is both refreshing and real. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it is for anyone that wants a better understanding of how life circumstances can shape not only a person, but art as well.
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Carl Parker is a dynamic, Canadian artist, author and Autism advocate who creates abstract and expressionist paintings with colorful layers. He brings an eclectic style to his art. Having been diagnosed with High Functioning Autism (formerly Asperger’s Syndrome) at the age of 36, his life began to make sense and he decided to take his diagnosis, his talent and his brush and see what he could make of them. A testament to what is possible, his art can now be found in private and corporate collections throughout the world, including Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Europe. To date, he has shown his work in various cities including Toronto, Calgary, Florence, Italy and Paris.