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"TO Be Gentle And Kind"
"TO Be Gentle And Kind"
oil on canvas

The words are lyrics from a favorite song. I have wanted to use them as the theme of a painting for years. The current social unrest seemed like the perfect vehicle. Everyone, now, is defensive and angry and looking for change. These days, I think it is much harder to see the good than it is to focus on the bad. I chose a typical downtown building during the recent riots and store closures that is boarded up. I added the lyrics from a song by The Smiths as a broader, more peaceful approach to the violence and protest taking place in the U.S. in 2020.