I do not often share about my political leanings in this space, as I have patrons and followers who come from various perspectives, and I want to respect them all. Usually my art is about non-political themes, so it makes sense to avoid an area that could be unnecessarily discomfiting for some.
I cannot deny, however, that politics are important to me as a person, and thus important to my creative efforts. Following the directions of my country and my world are a big part of who I am.
I hope you will indulge me this one post as I reveal a bit about my thoughts on the leadership of my country and the culture that drives my creativity.
I care deeply about my world. I have dedicated the majority of my career to a social service occupation (20 years as a clinical counselor). My artwork often takes on a service role in my community, as well.
I like being a part of making my world and my community a better place.
I want to see that the injustices and struggles facing people today are not there for those of future generations, and I want to use my creativity to empower people to look positively towards their future.
It is my belief that Barack Obama offers the most tangible strategies to meet that vision. His ideas and policies regarding the economy, foreign affairs, women’s rights, marriage equality for gays and lesbians, the environment, the arts, and many other issues reflect our best hope.
Barack Obama has also proven himself to be a steady and calm leader that has regained respect for our country around the world after a bruising 8 years from the Bush administration.
And regardless of party, I could never vote for a man who abused an animal, and the admitted roof-racking of the Romney dog Seamus is abuse in my book.
I made the image above back in 2008. Those were more idealistic days, but I am still a believer.
I voted yesterday to give Barack Obama 4 more years by voting early at my local Board of Elections. I did so with pride.
If you do not agree with me, that is fine. I am not looking for a fight or a debate. I just felt the need to share my thoughts, so those who enjoy my art can know what drives me and how I arrive at my conclusions.
Regardless of if you agree or disagree, I hope that you will vote, and vote early if you can. Voting makes you a part of the process, which is one of the greatest things about being an American.
I am a believer not only in my candidate, but also in my country. Exercise your right to vote and put your own belief into action.