I recently created this short video for the Courage Campaign’s Testimony Project. Testimony seeks to create a map of stories from LGBT Americans and allies across the country. In collaboration with partner organizations, and using the stories of the American public, Testimony seeks to show the shift in public acceptance of gays and lesbians as many equality cases make their way to the Supreme Court.
The artwork I’ve created throughout my life is an important part of my story, so I gathered a sampling from the archives (a.k.a. my parents’ basement) to include in the video. It was fun to look back on all of the older paintings I did as a child with the guidance of my mentor, Linda Regula. She taught me how to tell a story through visual art, and I've been doing that ever since.
Let me share a few here:
|Snow White, age 4|
I loved the Snow White story when I was a kid, and often imagined that I was the famed fairy tale princess. My rendition of “Someday my Prince Will Come” wasn’t a crowd pleaser though.
|The Wicked Queen, age 4|
As much as I loved Snow White, my favorite character from the story was actually the wicked queen. She was a true diva!
|Medusa, age 7|
I became really interested in Greek Mythology around this time, and I was especially fascinated with Medusa because of the movie Clash of the Titans. Maybe it had something to do with Harry Hamlin in that short tunic.
|The Wizard of Oz, age 7|
This was one of my favorite movies, and of course I give extra emphasis to the Witch.
|Snowman, age 8|
One of few forays into landscape painting, with some woodland friends to liven things up.
|The Little Mermaid, age 10|
I loved this movie and had a huge crush on Prince Eric. I wanted to wash up on some distant shore and have him rescue me. Thus, I related to Ariel’s sense of longing for the impossible.
|The Passage, age 15|
I was starting to worry about what path my grown-up life would take, and I had this misconception that turning 18 was like going through a wall and emerging into a scary, grown-up world.
|The Weight of Decisions, age 16|
This painting deals with the choice between being true to myself and changing/hiding aspects of who I was in order to fit in.