Anchorage-based painter and university teaching colleague Steve Gordon asked me to participate in this project, one that dealt with resiliance and trauma after adverse childhood experiences. Twenty artists (including fifteen of his painting students working in teams of five) produced seven large six by ten foot screens about the subject. We talked to one individual and then produced a piece of work that reflected therir experience and recovery. In my case I chose to focus on that aspect, recovery, the hope and joy it can bring, the importance of my subject’s daughter to her ongoing and continuing sobreity.
The final event was hosted by the Alaska Children’s Trust at Spenard’s Church of Love (also the location of my studio) with pieces then going on to Juneau, the Anchorahe municipal building and elsewhere to promote awareness of this issue.