As I was driving to my studio on Summit Ave. Downtown Greensboro on Sunday 6/8, I was suddenly impacted by the people everywhere; there for a purpose to unite and protest.
Earlier in the week I drove down elm street and saw the damage from broken windows and boarded up windows and doors on most of the store fronts. It was a sad sight, but soon after, many of these plywood doors and windows were transformed into a working piece of art as part of a nationwide protest for justice and equality.
I was overcome with sadness of the injustice, and lives lost. I reached out to Gina Franco, who I know from Sternbeger Artist Center. She was coordinating some of the street art, when I got there Sunday afternoon she had a board primed, taped off and ready to paint. A day later I had a voice on a small piece of plywood covering the Ambleside Gallery. Since I don't really paint street art things, and do mostly impression, abstract pieces and finishes-- I chose something that I could comfortably paint in a short time. The stencil I used was from a past wall finish project. I wanted to have black and white, and the design fade from black white to bronze signifying 'all colors' together. I added touches of gold foil for shimmer and impact, showing as we unite, we are gold. It's a little different than any of the other murals, but with every mural there is an individual expression, and that is beautiful.
While I was painting several people wanted to take photos, and people asked what it was going to say. So, it speaks mostly in pattern and color. Above the door are large letters 'BLM' I started this the last day of protests, so it may not be up for long. That's a good thing, as once the boards come down, shops open up again, to a new normal, which I hope, for Americas' sake is a better normal.