bemusing musings of a bewildered brush-wielder

hope

This photograph is by Thomas Munita, for the New York Times.  There is an article today about street gangs in El Salvador, and the efforts that are being made towards solidifying a peace treaty between rival gangs.

As I sipped my coffee this morning, and looked at this photo, I was just gripped by the intensity of their faces, the despair.  As I set about painting in my studio, I haven’t been able to shake the image out of my mind.  My question is this: can painting play a role in bringing hope to these men?  I have no answers.  Just a desire.

I received an email the other day, confirming that my painting of the prisoners will be part of a group show, hanging at a prominent gallery which looks out on Central Park.  I’m elated beyond words to have this opportunity, as it is my first major, commercial exhibition.

The thought keeps circling in my mind, and I believe painting can play a role in bringing hope to these men.  But how?

“Rescue those being led towards death, hold back those staggering towards slaughter.”

Proverbs 24:11

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2 responses

  1. Anonymous

    Anything, be it human care, poetry, religion, art music, that stirs the soul to move into a better place will help a stagnant mind. You are helping with your work and care. Others help in mysterious ways. Now we need to remove socially stagnant barriers, so hope can find a degree of freedom. K

    August 28, 2012 at 4:19 am

  2. Anonymous

    http://www.viewchange.org/videos/venezuela-the-pied-piper Your blog reminded me about this story. I believe that the spirit and generosity of man is enhanced by art and music. That a ripple is created beyond the scope of the one that causes it. That is why it is so important to continue to strive, to put pen to paper, brush to canvas, bow to string.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:37 am

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