2019: Looking back on GIVING BACK
Those of you who know me, are aware of the motto I have for my creative life…
Share Love, Spread Light, DO ART!, and Give Back
These words are at the heart of what I’m doing these days, and since you are part of my journey, I am so delighted to be able to share with you that art can be more than painting pretty pictures! It can soothe our souls and enrich our lives as artists, but it can also make a world a better place. We all have the power to contribute in this way…
Thanks to you, and to my art collectors, we have been able to do so much good this past year! Here is a quick bulleted list of what art sales have created in the world! I am just so astounded by this outcome!
- We were able to donate to a local organization, New Directions who is working to eliminate homelessness in our are. This amount went toward their day to day operations.
- We were able to make a young girl’s aspirations attainable! Jonelle, a young girl from the Bahamas who grew up with no running water, is the only high school graduate in her family and is now the only family member to attend college received a scholarship to attend the University of the Bahamas! I just received word recently that even in the wake of hurricane Dorian, displacement, and destruction she was able to maintain good grades and is looking forward to her next semester of school.
- In the words of Jan Swing, my dear friend who is a missionary to the Bahamas, the recovery from hurricane Dorian is a “slow and overwhelming process. To date they are still recovering bodies and many bodies wait to be identified. It has been heartbreaking to receive word from the Swings about all of the destruction that has happened. However, it has been an incredible blessing to send monetary support to them as well. This has helped to provide rent for those who have lost their homes, means of transportation, immediate needs such as food and water, and will also go to spread some Christmas cheer this year.
As you can see, this year has been creative and worthwhile! Thank you for playing a part in making all of this possible. I can’t wait to see what this new year will allow us to do together…
With love and light,