Heracles was a divine hero in Greek mythology, the son of Zeus and Alcmene, foster son of Amphitryon and great-grandson (and half-brother) of Perseus. He was the greatest of the Greek heroes, a paragon of masculinity, the ancestor of royal clans who claimed to be Heracleidae and a champion of the Olympian order against chthonic monsters.
Extraordinary strength, courage, ingenuity, and sexual prowess with both males and females were among his characteristic attributes. Heracles used his wits on several occasions when his strength did not suffice, such as when laboring for the king Augeas of Elis, wrestling the giant Antaeus, or tricking Atlas into taking the sky back onto his shoulders. Together with Hermes he was the patron and protector of gymnasia and palaestrae. His iconographic attributes are the lion skin and the club. These qualities did not prevent him from being regarded as a playful figure who used games to relax from his labors and played a great deal with children. By conquering dangerous archaic forces he is said to have "made the world safe for mankind" and to be its benefactor. Heracles was an extremely passionate and emotional individual, capable of doing both great deeds for his friends and being a terrible enemy who would wreak horrible vengeance on those who crossed him.
"I am an artist living and working in San Francisco, CA. When not creating in the studio, my professional time is spent between exhibiting artwork and teaching painting/drawing. I have been fortunate to work with the elderly thru the non-profit Art With Elders organization for the past 5 years, as well as with the younger generation at the Academy of Art University SF where I currently teach Fine Art Anatomy and in the past Fashion Illustration. I have shown at a variety of venues mainly in the bay area, as well as nationally working with White Walls Gallery, Art Wino, Spoke Art, Modern Eden, among others including pop-up shows at the Academy of Science, live painting at the West Inn’s New Year Gala and other similar forms of contemporary exhibition. Like the art itself, my professional practice stems from my ideas, beliefs and values. Whenever possible I have and continue to donate art towards such benefits and organizations including the SPCA, the coalition on homelessness in San Francisco, the Japanese Tsunami Relief fund, Oceanic Awareness Collaboration and other charitable causes. " -Akira Beard
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