The past few months I have also been brainstorming and designing a painting that is for a special project. I've been approached by Hope City Orlando to create a piece of art for their major fundraising gala in September. Many of you may not know and, I was actually shocked myself, to learn that Orlando is considered by UNICEF to be one of the major hubs in the world for human trafficking! Many women and children are abducted and forced into sex slavery against their will. Not only is this shocking, it is very upsetting that this is happening in my own community. Hope City Orlando is a non-profit that seeks to help victims who find themselves in this awful plight. Their goal is to build a home that will be a safe haven and provide a three-year program for a healthy reintegration into mainstream life. Through a combination of efforts including counseling, social work, legal assistance, social and personal skills training, victims will become survivors. If you would like more information please visit their website here. If you would like to follow them on Facebook, please click here. The “Hope is Home” cocktail charity event will be in Orlando on Oct. 2. My painting will be auctioned to the highest bidder to raise money for this worthy cause. If you are interested in attending the event I will be providing more details in the future.
This piece, which I’m calling “Hope is Home” for now, is all drawn ready for paint. This was a tricky piece for me to design because this is such an unfortunate and terrible situation that so many innocent people find themselves in. However, I didn’t want it to be dark and foreboding. I felt it needed to be up-lifting and represent the hope that will be given by Hope City Orlando to victims of human trafficking. I have given a lot of thought to the imagery and the significance of each element in the piece which I will explain as the painting progresses. Stay tuned for work in progress photos!