The Tragic Events that PUSHED me over the EDGE! It seem like the universe was sending me constant messages through a barrage of nationwide tragedies and my Life purpose was calling me, every chance it could.
Strike One! My van was broken into; my identity was stolen. Horrible situation. I would not wish on anyone!
Strike Two: We had recently moved to Morgan Hill when horrible news of a 15 year old girl, Sierra LaMar, was abducted near hour home.
Strike Three: Then, shortly afterward, I got that news of the Colorado movie theater shooting.
STRIKE Four: The one that pushed me over the edge. I remember it well. It was the night I was unveiling a new piece called ‘Heart of the World’. I was busy in my studio all day and running errands to prepare for my 65 guests that would be attending my gallery event. I unveiled the piece, sharing the news that with all the pain in the world, this piece represents hope, love and healing. I had NO idea that the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT had taken place early that morning, and when I got the news shortly after unveiling my newest piece, I was mortified. That night, I went home and watched the news and cried uncontrollably for 3 days. Every part of my heart and soul where telling me to close my gallery and take my Spread the Love Campaign on a nationwide tour.
The thought of this horrific, tragic event, and all the mothers and fathers that lost their babies that day, and the fact that Sierra La Mar was still not found, wore heavy on my heart. And although, like most, I didn’t really know what to do about it, I woke up the fourth day with certainty in my heart and power in my hands.
I decided to stop thinking so small AND THINK BIG, DO SOMETHING BOLD AND DARING, something that would create a positive effect on EVERYONE!
Inspiration Strikes Back: I put Allman Brothers music on loudly, mixed a rainbow of colorful paints & picked up my paint brush like a sword of love, a torch of LOVE. I passionately cried for the heartache of the families of Sandy Hook, Newtown, CT, I cried for the mothers & fathers of the Colorado shooting, and I painted passionately for the community of Morgan Hill and the hope that Sierra LaMar would be found. And with wild abandon and a loud heart, I painted my van ‘Arty’, as a protest against hatred, evil & violence.
The Message WAS LOUD AND CLEAR: I am not sure about you, but over the past few years, I have noticed an increase in crime, bullying, hatred and a general degradation in caring, kindness and compassion. Bullying in schools is the topic of daily news, tragedies like the Sandy Hook Elementary & Colorado Theater shootings & abducted children happened all too often, and it just wore heavy on my heart. One day I woke up and said, “THATS IT!!!”
After 15 years of successfully running my gallery, I decided to close it, get an RV and TAKE THE SHOW ON THE ROAD!!! The plan is simple: Participate in the top fine art shows in the country and bring my FREE Spread the Love Campaign Kids ART Program to the communities that we travel to. And thus, my Mobile Gallery / Spread the LOVE Campaign Nationwide Tour was born!
I believe that living a life of happiness comes down to two simple principles: Creativity & Making good choices, by measuring your actions against how you yourself would like to be treated. Inspiring kids to use these two concepts during my Spread the Love Campaign workshops is powerful. Unfortunately, due to the lack of funds in schools, art is an exclusive activity for those that can afford it, and this is why our workshops are FREE and WHY we need your support on Kickstarter!
Together with your support we can change the world through art! Please visit my Kickstarter Spread the Love Campaign Fundraiser: Click Here: Kickstarter Project Spread the Love Campaign Kids Free Art Program Nationwide Tour
I hope you will support me in my efforts