This exhibit was especially meaningful to me. On July 1st, I underwent my 3rd heart procedure, this time at UCLA Medical Center, to correct an electrical pathway condition I've had since adolescence. It was a huge success. This realization that I now have the ability to live a life free from the physical limitations and underlying fear that the condition presented, was the inspiration behind the show’s title “A Grateful HeART.”
An overwhelming feeling of gratitude for the blessings in my life...my family, friends, health, and ability to reach people through my art, led me to the desire to pay it forward and donate a portion of every sale from this show to the American Heart Association. We know that Jesus is the healer, and I truly believe that no matter who we are, we are all capable of making a difference. You discover what God has blessed you with and use it...use it in a positive way. Use it to lift someone else up, no matter how insignificant you think it may be...do it anyway.
Thank you to everyone who supported me through this part of my journey: RAA for unexpectedly inviting me to be featured artist and assisting me through the process. The art lovers who came to view my work and make purchases, making this exhibit an amazing success. Dave Kaney of Brisket's and Tina Collins of 'Just for the Cake of it' for donating their time and talent to provide the refreshments. Redlands Print Shop for the printing of flyers and posters. Ron Witte of DNA for the digital ads on screens all over town. My fellow artists and friends who encouraged me and helped spread the word to everyone they could. Dr. Buch along with staff of UCLA Medical Center for allowing God to guide his hands as he successfully healed my heart. My family for their never-ending love, and support of all that I do, I couldn't do any of it without you.