("For The Raped In Congo", 48"x36", Acrylic on Panel)
I don’t know if you have been listening to the world news very much lately, but there are horrible horrible things happening in Congo. There has been a war going on for years, and more people have died in that war than the number of people who have died in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq put together. Crazy, huh? But we don’t hear much about it. Recently I was looking for something interesting to watch online and I came across a 60 Minute article on rape in Congo. Rape is an awful tragedy in war. But in the Congo, it has escalated to a level that is horrify. It is being used as a weapon, and no one is spared. As old as 80… as young as 2. Horrible horrible things. Anyway… I encourage you to watch the episode so you can see for yourself what is going on there.
What’s hard about watching this stuff is that I can’t do anything about it. It’s tempting not to want to know about these kinds of things because you feel helpless not being able to solve it. But in my own faith, I know that God knows these things, and I think He wants us to know what He knows. But what can I do?
I was listening to my ipod the other day… my Mello mix… and a Rosie Thomas song came on from her latest album (“These Friends of Mine”). In one of her songs, she was talking about feeling such pain over some news… and she didn’t know what to do or how to help. But she’s a musician…. so she wrote a song about it. That’s what she can do.
I sometimes wish I was a politician, a millionaire, a lawyer, or a superhero. Then I feel like I could do something to change the world. But I’m not any of those things. But what I am is a creator. So this is what I have. This is what I do…. I create out of the news of the raped women in Congo. I lament over the issue and work on a whole painting all week cause I don’t know how else to help.
This painting above is my lament over the hardship the women of Congo are going through. I pray for relief soon.
This painting and a few others that I have created lately are hanging at the Cafe Verite/Cupcake Royale in West Seattle. The show will be up til the end of February.
January-February | Regent College, Vancouver B.C.
January 23 | Party With a Purpose | Carlsbad, CA
An event highlighting all the sponsors and charities during the Carlsbad marathon. I will be painting at the event and the part of the proceeds will go to Heart For Africa.
Sheraton Carlsbad Resort, Sunset Ballroom, 6:30-9pm
January 25 | Carlsbad Marathon
I will be painting at the marathon as a fund-raiser for Heart For Africa.
February 5 | Art Opening | Seattle
February 20 | Art Show | Seattle
I will be showing at the Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Center through the Art on the Ridge program. Theme: “Think, Grow, Be…”
6532 Phinney Ave N. Seattle
Phinney Neighborhood Association Rm #3
April 25-29 | Washington D.C.
June 1-31 | Art Show | Ballard Cafe Verite
Make space for art.