I have always felt a image could be capable of conveying a story. Storytelling has been on my mind a bit lately so I guess that’s why I named this one “The Storyteller”. She’s telling a story. What’s the story about? I’ll leave that one up to the viewers!
I like it so I am in the process of making it into a large pastel now. I’ll be locked in my studio for a few days until she’s done. Don’t hate me if I don’t answer your calls until I’m finished with her:)
It’s my first pencil sketch since getting back from the trail. Feels great to be working again!
Its probably no secret that I feel women are something special. My work and my life are dedicated to celebrating the beautiful things they bring to this world. That said it should come as no surprise one of the issues I am most passionate about is putting and end to violence against women. There is nothing that upsets me more than the ways in which violence acts are committed against women around the world.
It is no longer enough for women to tell men to stop these acts. Men must stand up and speak out in defiance of violence against women. Men must tell other men mistreatment of women in any way is not acceptable. Violence against women occurs in may different forms and is not just physical or domestic abuse. It also includes honor killings, trafficking, rape, sexual harassment, emotional abuse and others. Men must speak out against these issues to other men. Men must get involved in bringing an end to these acts of violence.
Since I feel so strongly about this I think this new “Man Up” campaign that recently launched is great. Please take a moment to check out this website:
Man Up Campaign
I know there are lots of places to donate money these days. There has been no shortage of tragedy around the world and things here haven’t been so great here. So if you can not donate money then please get involved in other ways. If you can find some way donate your time to stopping these issues. If time is something you can’t afford right now you can do things as simple as telling your friends derogatory statements about women such as ‘bitch’ and ‘ho’ aren’t acceptable use, do not support companies which use or endorse images that objectify women, spread the word. We can all do something.
Its up to us to make change happen. MAN UP FELLA’s!!!
After hiking the Appalachian Trail for 2 months I am back in my studio and working again.
I am currently seeking models for the following projects:
Full descriptions can be found here
If you are interested or know someone who may be please contact me.