Recent events in Ferguson, Charleston, Baltimore, and New York, and the Johnson Brothers’ hymn Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing are the resource materials I pulled from when creating the paintings for this exhibition, the impetus by which the brush-filled hand created the work. These experiences show that a segment of the American population still has to fight for equal rights today, for their dignity and worth. While there is destruction and violence presented in these paintings, there lies a glimmer of hope. Each panel represents some form of reconciliation, whether it is valuing a neighbor’s life, showing compassion, or displaying an act of love at one’s own expense. These paintings express how I see the world as it is today, one that is filled with great fear and hate, while at the same time capable of great love and hope.
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