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A surprise visitor
During a routine "open studio" at Golden Belt's Third Friday , a young woman approached me about being involved with a unique community art project, Behind the Seen. Hesitant to say "yes" to crowding another thing on my too full plate, I was surprised to be easily persuaded as she explained its purpose.
So, what's it all about?
Using art as a medium to spread awareness of families' difficulties with children experiencing emotional or behavioral challenges, the art, she explained, was aimed at offering encouragement to the families involved and to help them feel less isolated in their struggle. I quickly replied, "I'm in."Being a Mom, a parent is challenging enough. When there are complicated conditions thrown into the mix, it can be really challenging!
Back in time
My mind raced back to about 13 years ago when my youngest child was being diagnosed with Sensory Integration Dysfunction and ADHD. Remembering how alone, isolated and helpless I felt, I felt I could identify with these families at a profoundly deep level!
16 artists:4 families
Four families, selected to take part in sharing their lives, were matched with sixteen artists.
I was paired with a brave single adoptive mother and her precious daughter.
Meeting with brave love
During my interview with a brave, loving mom, she relayed her desire to see her daughter
transcend the difficulties she's experienced. I teared up hearing her dream of her
daughter's future possibilities and her present daringness, interests and fantasies. While
listening, I searched for images and metaphor that I might be able to translate into a Dream
Portrait . Upon hearing her daughter's two favorite things in life - horses and super heros - I
knew I'd found the right direction to take my painting!
Being struck with the Mom's regal strength, I captured her as a "warrior" woman and quickly
easily cloaked the daughter in a super hero type of costume. Together they are ascending
up, up over their trials and are leaping to a new dawn in their lives.
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