If you were to ask me how I came up with the idea to start ‘A Work of Heart,’ I can pin point it back to two moments during my first trip to Kenya.
I was standing in a run down internet cafe, looking at a small selection of postcards for sale. The one that stood out was a Zebra standing in stream of water. I told my teammate I was going to paint it. My team mate who didn’t believe i could paint it, told me that if I did, he would buy it. I had never considered selling my paintings before. I painted as a hobby.
Later during my trip I met a little girl named Doris. She lived in the local slum I was working in. She wasn’t attending school, and getting herself in very grown up trouble. This was certainly going to lead to a bleak future for her. It was downright heart breaking to observe.
When I sold my Zebra painting, I used the money to sponsor Doris for one year. Doris is now in boarding school, receiving three meals a day, a place to sleep at night, and is receiving an education that can take her miles away from the drug filled streets of the slum she used to live in.
I loved how my art not only sold, but did something for someone. I wanted to do it again.
I made a Facebook group showing pictures of my work. Anyone could send me a photo and I would turn into it a piece of art. I would then give a portion of my earnings to support building projects in Kenya.
I think the people who will want to be a part of this don’t just see an art business, but understand the message it’s making. It’s about causing positive change from personal success. We all have the potential to be successful, and then use it to make a difference.
I look at my paintings and don’t see just art, I see a charity being supported, I see Daycare’s being built, I see a little girl named Doris getting the chance to go to school.
I see change.
It’s not just a piece of art, its a work of heart.