This painting grew out of the faith that our humanity can move us forward. We have the power to make a difference, no matter how small. Our collective goodness will rise above the darkness as we endure uncomfortable and messy challenges. We have the strength to brave the necessary and overdue societal changes needed to create a new foundation where systematic racism and oppression are no longer permitted.
I am more determined than ever to stop standing on the sidelines and to start showing up by using my talents and my creative voice to try and heal some of this brokenness. We must genuinely understand the strife and hardships many face because of the pigment of their skin and publicly advocate for them.
For now, I send you goodwill in hopes you may pass it on to someone you meet today. I will strive to be a better listener and to be more aware. Change is possible and it is time. This is a new chapter to finally give all people, regardless of their skin color, the dignity and the respect they deserve. May our compassion lead us towards a more loving existence for all mankind. May we raise each other up. May we always hold space for one another. May we continue to find glimmers of hope as we evolve.