The passion started with the threat to Roe—women losing agency over their bodies. And yet many of the anti Roe folks who claim to be “protecting life,” refused to wear a simple mask to protect the actual lives of others. Or even support assault weapons bans. The hypocrisy.
My easel became my pulpit. I papered the table with Washington Post articles and editorials about the dangers of turning back the clock. And painted this exhausted woman—readying her voice—the calm before the storm.
And as I worked, the news became more bleak. Shootings. Every damn day. Followed by politicians cowering to the NRA and hiding behind a 2nd amendment that was never meant to protect AR-15s.
In the midst of it all, I watched a documentary on Hitler’s subtle but dangerous movements that created the Holocaust. The parallels to today are uncanny: banning books, white washing history, creating laws to “turn in your neighbor,” creating “the other,” leaders willing to ignore morality…Where is America heading and how can it be righted?
This painting: Everyday, Every Hour Turn UR Pain Into Power…a call to let it all in—feel it all. Whatever pain comes up for you. Gather yourself. And then rise up. Not giving in to the loudness of a few or the cowering of the powerful
My art is my voice and my vote is my power.