California Mixed Media Artist
The inspiration for this show came after sitting in a town hall meeting with Congressman Salud Carbajal listening to Veteran speak about their issues: housing, assistance, PTSD, mental health, benefits and more.
Many of the Veterans speaking seemed to have difficulties receiving the help or the attention they deserved in a timely fashion. In short many were not heard or helped.
As an artist, I began seeing visions of artworks, sculptures and illustrations of the problems my fellow Americans were speaking of.
This experience stayed with me. I was bothered by what I perceived to be the neglect of our service people after they gave their all in many cases to serve in our military.
Then I had a dream. What if we could use art to visually share it all and heal in the process? What if the pain, the pride, the anger and the fear could all be thrown up and out of the physical body to begin or continue a healthy dialogue about help, healing and letting go...
After dreaming of this art show that allowed Veterans to have their voices expressed and heard through the visual medium I decided to act.
I spoke with Sasha Irving the executive director of 'Studios on The Park' who was fully on board and supportive allowing me to curate this multi-faceted show, "Veteran's Voices". After discussions with Carlota Santa Cruz, president of the Paso Robles Art Association it was confirmed, together we would support the multiple aspects that would create this show, "Veteran's Voices".
PRAA volunteer members would help mentor Veterans through the art process. Professional artists would help act as translators for many of the messages Veterans wished to share. Many talented and professional Veteran artists would participate with their own work for this show.
Every aspect and angel for the public and private sector is to be shared. Every branch of service will be represented. The view points are as varied as the background of the members participating. If you are a member of the military or you have served your country and wish to participate. Do not hesitate to reach out and express your voice through art.
The desired result of this show is to share thoughts, feeling and ideas on these various subject matters through art. Together we can create, begin and continue an honest dialogue which can become the impetus for positive change. We can introduce art into the lives of many who may have been intimidated to begin creating from their own life stories. Together we can build bridges through art encouraging people to "Express Themselves" and heal!
Research has proven that art can be used for therapy with great success. I am not trying to recreate the wheel. I am only trying to encourage people to use it!