I am a painter that connects emotions of many people. I had this undying desire to touch the lives of the less fortunate. I went to Tent City and spoke with a few homeless people to see how they live. In reality, they are just like you and me. I experience their raw emotions of rage, distress and frustration. They did not want to leave this place of home. Each person had a different story to tell. I told them I was a painter and wanted to paint their portrait. Their response was overwhelmingly surprised that someone would want to paint them. I had one woman go inside her tent to comb her hair. They cared about how they looked. What is fascinating about these people was the wrinkle lines and suntanned faces. You can tell of the hardships of life by looking at their wrinkled faces.
I started a second series of paintings focusing on Women and Children. I received a grant from The Puffin Foundation to finish the series. They are victims of domestic violence, economy, addictions and many other reasons. Most of all, they are human just like you and me.
This series is a mirrored reflection of my internal emotions. The hardest part is to face your own afflictions. By dealing with the issue, you can help someone along the way and free their soul. These paintings were created to educate the public and are not for sale. My goal and dream is to find a museum for these homeless paintings. Just like Van Gogh's peasant and potato eater paintings.
Leading for Safe Ground