A large part of the inspiration for my art is my childhood. I was blessed to have wonderful parents who provided for, educated and kept me and my sisters safe.
Not all children are so lucky. For an alarming number of children under the age of 15, sexual abuse is a part of their childhood.
It was 2012, when the Super Bowl was held in Indianapolis, my husband and I were headed home from a trip and I picked up a paper in a local gas station. There was an article about how sexual exploitation and trafficking increased around major sporting events. I read the article and then I cried. I could hardly bare to think about such things, so I didn't.
In 2019, I was scrolling through Facebook and a friend had made a post about sexual abuse and sex trafficking and listed several sources. Normally I would scroll past such difficult content but that day I decided to see if what she was saying checked out. I started researching incidents she had listed and to my shock and horror they were true. The facts checked out. I couldn't believe that I had turned a blind eye for so long. That is when I decided to do something.
I started researching organizations that were exposing and working against sexual exploitation and sex trafficking and I came across kNot Today based in my hometown of Indianapolis. I reached out, met with them and found a way that I could help. A percentage of every painting sold goes to their organization.