I am a Quaker, a religion with one simple idea - that there is that of God in everyone. I am an artist. I experience the God that I seek in everyone as their inner beauty. I am a teacher, so I create a safe space for people's unique beauty, for the Creator within them, to be expressed. I have been doing this for 30 years with 2 year-olds to 90-year olds, in inner cities and rural countrysides. Everyone I've worked with has created unique, soul-filled images. In 2011, I made a mural called "We Must Care for the Earth" with special needs college students at Grant Grover School of the College of Marin in Kentfield, California. I asked the young people what they loved and cared about the most and incorporated their ideas into an 8' x 12' painting that we created together. Some of these young people will never walk or talk. To be with them is to be in the heart of the mystery of God's creation. Why are some of us able to be Olympic athletes and others wheelchair bound for a lifetime? What does it mean to be human? In co-creating with these young people, we made an image that was bigger than all of us, reflecting their inner beauty. We made a movie of the project, filmed by the students. One autistic boy loved the Beatles and wanted "Here Comes the Sun" as the soundtrack. EMI gave us permission to use the song. I hope you experience God as beauty when you watch it.
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