A New Canvas - CATM Instructor Overcomes Adversity by Making His Own Art

Officer Tim Bull, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor, talks to Airmen from the 45th Security Forces Squadron before shooting qualifications, April 25, 2018, at the shooting range on Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Bull grew up in the local area around Patrick AFB, and now works during the week as a CATM instructor at Patrick AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams)

Officer Tim Bull, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor, talks to Airmen from the 45th Security Forces Squadron before shooting qualifications, April 25, 2018, at the shooting range on Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Bull grew up in the local area around Patrick AFB, and now works during the week as a CATM instructor at Patrick AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams)

Officer Tim Bull, a Combat Arms and Training Maintenance instructor looks out over the range during a brief respite between firing, April 24, 2018 at the shooting range on Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. "Sometimes people can think I am being mean, but you have to be stern in this job, especially with live firearms. Being direct as possible makes sure a clear instruction is heard and ensures safety for everyone." (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams)

Officer Tim Bull, a Combat Arms and Training Maintenance instructor looks out over the range during a brief respite between firing, April 24, 2018 at the shooting range on Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. "Sometimes people can think I am being mean, but you have to be stern in this job, especially with live firearms. Being direct as possible makes sure a clear instruction is heard and ensures safety for everyone." (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams)

Officer Tim Bull, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor, looks out over the firing range, April 25, 2018. Bull has a tattoo on his neck with the word "haole". The word has two meanings according to Bull, meaning both "breath" and being an outsider to Hawaiian culture. Bull also served in the United States Army as an infantryman and was stationed in Hawaii where he met his wife who was a Hawaii native. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams)

Officer Tim Bull, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor, looks out over the firing range, April 25, 2018. Bull has a tattoo on his neck with the word "haole". The word has two meanings according to Bull, meaning both "breath" and being an outsider to Hawaiian culture. Bull also served in the United States Army as an infantryman and was stationed in Hawaii where he met his wife who was a Hawaii native. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams)

Officer Tim Bull, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor, sketches a drawing at his kitchen table after work, April 24, 2018, in Palm Bay, Fla. His wife passed away from cancer, 7 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams)

Officer Tim Bull, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor, sketches a drawing at his kitchen table after work, April 24, 2018, in Palm Bay, Fla. His wife passed away from cancer, 7 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams)

Bull had struggles with addiction and depression in the past and signs like these are who Bull is. Bull always tries to be a better person than he was yesterday. Growth is the foundation of Bull's mindset. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams)

Bull had struggles with addiction and depression in the past and signs like these are who Bull is. Bull always tries to be a better person than he was yesterday. Growth is the foundation of Bull's mindset. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams)

Officer Tim Bull, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor, pets his dog, Harley, in between painting, April 24, 2018, in Palm Bay, Fla. Bull is an artist and turned to art as an outlet and release. Bull has a unique art style that combines the surreal with earnest, thought provoking messages. "It took me 37 years to find out what I wanted to do and this is it" (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams)

Officer Tim Bull, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor, pets his dog, Harley, in between painting, April 24, 2018, in Palm Bay, Fla. Bull is an artist and turned to art as an outlet and release. Bull has a unique art style that combines the surreal with earnest, thought provoking messages. "It took me 37 years to find out what I wanted to do and this is it" (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams)

Officer Tim Bull, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor, does paperwork at his desk, April 26, 2018, at the CATM building on Patrick Air Force Base. Bull has a son, Gage, who is in the 5th grade. Bull did not overcome addiction on the first try, it took him four times to quit, each time bouncing back better and better in the process. Bull demonstrates perseverance, hard work, and becoming a role model not only to his son, but others as well. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams)

Officer Tim Bull, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor, does paperwork at his desk, April 26, 2018, at the CATM building on Patrick Air Force Base. Bull has a son, Gage, who is in the 5th grade. Bull did not overcome addiction on the first try, it took him four times to quit, each time bouncing back better and better in the process. Bull demonstrates perseverance, hard work, and becoming a role model not only to his son, but others as well. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams)

Officer Tim Bull, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor, talks to his son, Gage, April 27, 2018 in Palm Bay, Fla. Both Bull and Gage wake up and start their day before the sunrise and Bull helps his son get ready for school before they start their day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams)

Officer Tim Bull, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor, talks to his son, Gage, April 27, 2018 in Palm Bay, Fla. Both Bull and Gage wake up and start their day before the sunrise and Bull helps his son get ready for school before they start their day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams)

Officer Tim Bull, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor, smiles while making a sketch, April 24, 2018, in Palm Bay, Fla. Bull lives and breathes art, and for him it is a way to put what he is feeling to canvas. Bull is at his happiest when he creates. "I tried paint by numbers but I didn't like it because it isn't my stuff. I have to make my own." (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams)

Officer Tim Bull, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor, smiles while making a sketch, April 24, 2018, in Palm Bay, Fla. Bull lives and breathes art, and for him it is a way to put what he is feeling to canvas. Bull is at his happiest when he creates. "I tried paint by numbers but I didn't like it because it isn't my stuff. I have to make my own." (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams)

Officer Tim Bull, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor, drops off his son, Gage, at school, April 25, 2018 in Palm Bay, Fla. Bull's story is not finished, but it is a story of him embracing resiliency in spite of numerous challenges to become better than he was the day before. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams)
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Officer Tim Bull, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor, drops off his son, Gage, at school, April 25, 2018 in Palm Bay, Fla. Bull's story is not finished, but it is a story of him embracing resiliency in spite of numerous challenges to become better than he was the day before. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams)

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