Art is what makes us human. The arts brings people together. It brings us hope, love and light.
The people took over Lake Shore Drive last night here in Chicago in the name of Michael Brown. They woke those in motion just moving along on their routine commute. Some were bothered but I’m sure others were moved. You are not human if you are not moved when you see people around you standing up for what is right.
Tomorrow Quennect 4 Gallery & Pachanka Music have put together a show called “Rebels Never Die: Resistencia Cultural”. I am exhibiting a new painting inspired by a young girl’s right to education. So many young girls worldwide are denied this right because of socio economic status, gender stereotypes and religious customs or traditions.
REBELS NEVER DIE // Q4/multikulti
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
1000 N. Milwaukee 8pm – 3am
“We honor our indigenous roots, unique cultures and resistance movements through art, music and community dialogue revolving around shared anti-colonial values to create a space for dialogue with the urban, native and affected community.”
Over the years I have donated artwork to arts organizations, schools and other art spaces raising funds to keep art going strong in our communities. As a donating artist, I will spend some time on a one-of-a-kind piece to completion and then send it out to do its good in my city.
The piece above will have traveled the farthest for good thus far. I was invited to donate artwork for Wynwood Art Auction taking place this Friday, November 14th in Miami, Florida. The auction will raise funds for Ronald McDonald House South Florida which provides housing and much more for families with children undergoing hospital treatment for leukemia and other debilitating diseases.
The piece is titled “Arte, Corazon, Vida.” (Art, Heart, Life.). It looks similar but very different from my other paintings. It contains some new techniques and has inspired a new body of work which is now in progress.
Art has been my escape since I was very young and admiring illustrations in library books and Saturday morning cartoons. Growing up with domestic violence brought some struggle through my youth and into my early adult years. This experience however, also taught me resilience and determination. Now I dedicate myself to creating art that spreads joy as art has always done for me.
Art saved me and Heart pushes me to create and build a peaceful Life.
An art comrade told me recently that “Art heals the soul.” It truly, truly does.