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This artist had given up on his dreams until his friend bought him a new canvas... and a new start

Some of Parenteau's work on display.

Larry Parenteau had a rough upbringing. As a child he lived in foster homes, and as an adult he lived on the street. To escape, he turned to the world of art. 

At first he just doodled with crayons and pencils, but he later turned to creating bright paintings inspired by the natural world, and his First Nations heritage. But while the art came easy, he had a tough time getting anyone to pay attention.

"I got tired of standing on the street corner trying to sell them. Nobody wanted to come near me, let alone try to buy something off me because of the way I look."

With tattoos and a Mohawk, people avoided Parenteau, and eventually he gave up. Then his friend Whitney Prouse challenged him to get back in the game, and offered to be his agent. Daybreak's Audrey McKinnon tells the story of what happened next:

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