I strongly believe in the healing and transformative powers of art and music.
The powerful symbolism of an emerging vine of leaves conveys a sense of renewal, vibrancy, strength. Each of the ten leaves contains a garden-like feel and features a symbolic flower, extolling the virtues of human nature.
I am compelled to document the stories of these men and women who struggle to survive and who feel invisible to the outside world.
A chance meeting with a young homeless girl on the streets of London changed his artistic approach forever. I made an effort to learn, to get to know each of the subjects before asking their permission to do their portrait.
This piece addresses simple acts of kindness; their manifestation and effect–the importance and dignity of all stages of life, and how all things are connected.
It is my hope that there is at least one thought that stays with each person who sees this piece, and that when confronted with fear or judgmental thoughts about another, they can remember that thought and feel more compassion and love for that person.
I have an affinity for photographing homeless people. I feel like there is something etherial and serene about them.
At first when asked to share my artwork for this very special campaign, I asked questions within myself. How much do I know about homelessness? What do I feel?
Ten years ago, after moving to the skid row area of downtown Los Angeles, I realized that I was going to have to deal with everything that I was witnessing on the streets. As an artist, the best way for me to do that was with my work.
The good deed is not in the monetary value a donated painting is worth. It’s not about handing a homeless person money to make them go away.