My natal family has provided me with emotional and financial support throughout my life, and my long term marriage provided an enviable life-style. But I never felt as though I had anything that couldn’t be either taken away, or controlled by someone else until I began to make an impression on people with my work.

As both a writer and painter I’m hyper-focused on the unvarnished truth about ordinary circumstances. After seeing my paintings, time after time strangers that visited my studio shared stories with me about their own pockmarked lives. It was their truthful sharing of long held secrets, which proved to me that everyone has a story to tell. Emboldened by their honesty, I chose to reveal my personal history and launch Raw Candor.

Exposing my imperfections encouraged people to loosen the grip of apprehension they had about sharing their shortcomings. The Raw Candor community offers strength and support to anyone willing to unveil the story they thought might have kept them separate from us all. I’d be honored if you’d share your narrative with us. To read posts of previous Raw guests please visit:

Raw Submissions Guidelines:

  • 500 words or less
  • 3-4 J-pegs that relate to the post
  • Include a picture of yourself
  • Share a link to either your work, or something you’re interested in
  • Submissions will be shared on social media sites
  • Profanity not accepted
  • To submit visual artwork, please select the check-box marked “d-Raw.” It will be in the right hand corner under “Categories.” 

To submit as a Raw Candor guest contributor, please register to create an account, or log into your existing Raw account

Once you have registered an account, you’ll receive a confirmation email. Once you login through the email confirmation link, you’ll be shown a dashboard. To draft a post, mouse-over Posts. A drop-down menu will appear; select Add New. Copy and paste your submission in to the body of the submission form, add a title, and select Submit for Review on the right hand side.

Nothing else needs to be selected, unless you are uploading images. If you are uploading images, select the button below the title bar that says Add Media. You may link to your images, or you may upload them. For more comprehensive information on how to draft a post using WordPress, please refer to the WordPress Codex.

Thanks for your RAW submission.