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I am Muslim by Tyshea I am Muslim by Tyshea
    As a Muslim, I do not follow tradition blindly
    As a Muslim, I do not conform to new age views without evaluation
    As a Muslim, I am constantly self-reflecting
    As a Muslim, I give charity and smile to strangers
    As a Muslim, I believe in a non-human, non-gendered, unimaginable God

    As a Chinese Muslim, I feel unrecognized and isolated by my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters
    As a Chinese Muslim, I feel unrecognized and isolated by the American media
    As a Chinese Muslim, I feel equally hated by the American media
    As a Chinese Muslim, I am thankful to have seen so many different perspectives at my age
    As a Chinese Muslim, I feel closer to Allah

    As a Muslim artist, I do not have religious ultimatum
    As a Muslim artist, I am criticized for not devoting my art to my religion completely and blatantly
    As a Muslim artist, I devote myself instead to universal messages in hopes of reaching a wider audience
    As a Muslim artist, I fully love and indulge in the visual world created for us by God
    As a Muslim artist, I prove people wrong not by shoving my religion in their face, but showing them I am just a person like everyone else

    As a Gay Muslim, I believe in love above hate.
    As a Gay Muslim, I have been through constant, endless torment for simply loving someone.
    As a Gay Muslim, I have become infinitely more compassionate and understanding to others.
    As a Gay Muslim, I have found deeper, purer faith in Allah.
    As a Gay Muslim, I vow to never let my faith put others in danger, I vow to protect others who are bombarded by blind faith.

    This is me.
    I am constantly torn
    I am always falling
    I am sheltered
    I am afraid to speak
    But I am insanely proud

This was mainly for myself, to remind myself what it means to be me.
And to never give in to hate or anger.

Thanks to my friends for being the best, most accepting, most loving, and most wonderful family in the world.
Thank you for a great 21st birthday, and reminding me of the most important things in life.

Ask me any questions you like. I may choose to reply or not :)

[updated May 21, 2012]
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You are such a big role model for many artists! I wish I could express as much as you through my paintings! I'm still learning and your art is a big inspiration for me. Also I can relate to you and admire you for your faith. Thank you so much!
Tyshea 1 day ago  Professional Digital Artist
I'm flattered, I don't know what to say :blush:
Thank you so much! It's an honor that I can inspire you!
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deMiddo Feb 21, 2014  New member
God bless u, I"m from bosnia
Tyshea Feb 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
And may God bless you, thank you :)
lightbleueyes Feb 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Beautiful! :)
Tyshea Feb 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
lightbleueyes Feb 15, 2014  Student General Artist
No Problem! :D 
shadowofalife Feb 5, 2014  Student Interface Designer
This is perfect, I love it. Not only is this piece, your entire gallery and you because I've always thought of art as a way to express emotions, where you can create your own little world to escape whenever you want.
Your art is full of feelings, it conveys emotions. I always read the descriptions but the image is powerful enough to make me laugh, weep or reflect and I'm fascinated.
To me you're an inspiration as an artist and as a person.

I'm also muslim :D
Tyshea Feb 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Asalaam alaikum and thank you so much! :)
I see art as a great way for expressing the human heart know that it's reaching someone means so much to me.
I'm so honored that I can inspire you
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