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Custodian living his dream

June 4, 2013

PEORIA, AZ — Since he was a child, Dominick DeLorenzo wanted to be an artist, but when he was pushed into the workforce at a young age due to his parents' deaths, that dream was put on hold, according to The Republic.

As he heads into retirement as a custodian for the city at the age of 69, DeLorenzo will finally be able to pursue his artistic inclinations full time, the article stated.

According to the article, as he tries to break into the art-exhibit circuit, DeLorenzo may have been given an advantage by Peoria Mayor Bob Barrett when his artwork, titled "Calm," won the Mayor's Award last month at the West Valley Art Museum’s Celebration of Artists 2013.

The exhibit, which was open to artists statewide, features 130 pieces of art by 67 artists from 16 cities, the article noted.

"This has never happened to me in my life and, at 69 years old, everything's starting to just blossom for me, so it's wonderful," said DeLorenzo.

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