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Struggles

Posted on Jun 19, 2020

Struggles

As a white woman I cannot even imagine what it is like to live as a black person in this country. I never had to have “the talk” about how to behave outside the house. That if I were ever pulled over by the police that I was not to move my hands without telling the officer what I was going to do so as not to get shot. To not talk back. To say yes, sir and yes, ma’am. And that even if you do everything “right”, you may still be shot and killed.

I also can’t imagine being hated for the color of my skin. I’m pretty sure I was never denied a job interview because my name was too “black-sounding”. It goes on and on. It’s shameful and disgusting.

In 2019 I began a series of figurative paintings. “Struggles” is of a dark-skinned woman who is standing amidst coils that are circular representing recurrence. They are also jumbled, knotted, and irregular. She stands in innocence in her white dress and Mary Janes. Her struggles are ongoing, challenging and at times life threatening.

“Struggles”, 49″ x 18″, mixed media on board has been included in an online show titled “For Mr. Floyd, Ms. Taylor…
a memorial exhibition” at Works/San Jose in California. A portion of sales will go to a racial justice group.

In honor of Juneteenth, may we all speak up, especially white people, to defend, support and make life better for black people in this country.

Thank you, Mary

P.S. A huge thank you to all of  you who took the time to write or to send good thoughts, in spirit, my way. I am grateful to have such a caring and loving community. I appreciate every single one of you.

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Fur and Feather Show

Posted on Aug 8, 2016

I am honored to be part of the Fur and Feather Show created by Kathy Deggendorfer at her gallery, Sisters Art Works Gallery. It is a wonderful show that benefits Furry Friends.

Me with Kathy Deggendorfer

Here I am with Kathy Deggendorfer

Furry Friends Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in Sisters, Oregon, providing food and services to pets in need.

FiveWolves

My wolf paintings

It is their mission to help pets remain in their homes by operating a pet food bank, and providing spay/neuter sponsorships and assistance with emergency medical needs to families in financial hardship. They are dedicated to improving the welfare of pets in Sisters, Oregon.

Meandmypaintings

Me and my wolves

I am proud to be part of this show along with Kathy Deggendorfer, Kimry Jelen, Ingrid Lustig, Barbara Modey and Kit Stafford.

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