IE: Portraits of Courage

20 large, oil-on-canvas, museum-quality portraits
5 cities, two years!

There is beauty and dignity within any person. As an artist, I seek to Illuminate the Essence of those I paint. Additionally, we have decided not to stand by and watch well-meaning Christians drive their LGBTQ sisters and brothers to despair and too often, self-harm, in an effort to follow church authority, via "exclusion policy" of November 2015. The irony being, Christ commands us to love one another - even those we may not understand.

The Hero's Journey! as described by Carol Ann Pearson is the less travelled road of the LGBT Mormons.

This project is about painting their portraits and telling their stories. A visual testemant documenting their innate dignity, wholeness and beauty.

They are greeting the world with courage, strength and compassion; and building an inspirational legacy.

"We often pray for eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to understand. This project is designed to help open the eyes, ears and hearts of those who wish to better understand their LGBT brothers and sisters. It is also intended to give names and faces to the stories of some of our LGBT fellows." 

The money you contribute will help us paint 20 legacy-portraits of LGBTQ Mormons who share an important message for us: there is room for all of us at church! 

Will you join us? Donate, Share, Get Involved!

Now in Huffington Post, King 5 TV evening news, Religion News and Everett Herald

We showed in Provo, Utah; September 22-25,

We showed at Schack Art Center in greater Seattle; December 17th - 30th; with a private reception on Sunday, December 18th, 2016

Showing April 20 - May 12, 2017 Artspace Everett Lofts.

Showing Seattle Central College, September and October 2017, with opening reception September 27th, 2017

now Showing at Presidents Office at Seattle Central College, through December 2017

We are scheduling a show in the SF Bay Area through  the Graduate Theological Union, UC Berkeley for early 2018

in 2018 we hope to return to Utah!!!!

There is also an opportunity here to learn and practice art. This project is enormous and your creative help matters. We typically meet on Monday evenings but other times are also available. Message me here.

Donations (0)

  • Lisa Dubuque 
    • $25 
    • 6 mos
  • Reade Gloeckner 
    • $25 
    • 9 mos
  • Marlow Harris 
    • $25 
    • 14 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $40 
    • 14 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 15 mos


Melinda Hannah 
Seattle, WA
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