Remembering Tom Petty – I Won’t Back Down

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Lyrics by Tom Petty
Artwork by Marilyn Huerta
Well, I won’t back down
No, I won’t back down
You can stand me up at the gates of hell
But I won’t back down
No, I’ll stand my ground
Won’t be turned around
And I’ll keep this world from draggin’ me down
Gonna stand my ground
And I won’t back down
(I won’t back down)
Hey, baby, there ain’t no easy way out
(I won’t back down)
Hey, I will stand my ground
And I won’t back down
Well I know what’s right
I got just one life
In a world that keeps on pushin’ me around
But I’ll stand my ground
And I won’t back down
(I won’t back down)
Hey, baby, there ain’t no easy way out
(I won’t back down)
Hey, I will stand my ground
And I won’t back down
Hey baby, there ain’t no easy way out
(I won’t back down)
Hey, I won’t back down
(I won’t back down)
Hey, baby, there ain’t no easy way out
(I won’t back down)
Hey, I will stand my ground
And I won’t back down
No, I won’t back down
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Remembering Community Arts Outreach

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Going down memory lane with just “some” of the important creative community outreach projects I facilitated or co-facilitated with fellow artists, community colleagues and friends. Thanks to all of you who has been working with me on bringing so much art outreach to our communities! Check out this slideshow and see how much you’ve been a part of. These are just a few of the many projects we’ve completed. So much more work to do, to help others connect, communicate and cope! Life goes on…

Bad As* Women Art Expo 2017

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This 2nd Annual art expo was another huge success! My artwork titled “Princess” was transformed into a promotional poster and not only did I participate as an artist but I also got to coordinate the live painting session with a beautiful model as our subject.  Participants ranged in ages, experience, backgrounds and cultures. It was wonderful to work with such a diverse population.  I look forward to being part of this again next year, if not sooner!

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18238671_10154527358432543_4002407421770326427_oIt was great hanging out with good ol’ friends and co-workers from The Upper Deck Company. We practically grew up as young adults in the 90’s. Real friendships never die.

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Huge group of talented artists participated in this great exhibit!

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A few of my artworks in the exhibit.

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Photos from the live painting session.

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Protect your babies, no matter what…

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I painted this acrylic piece last week when many thoughts were flooding my mind. Whether you are ProLife or ProChoice, we have to protect our children.  Life is so precious and sometimes the world can be a scary place.  Do what’s best for your children, fight for them and ensure they are your first priority. We know that it takes a “village to raise a child” but it first starts with you. Be the best you can be, lead by example and bring peace for our children.

The times they are a changin’

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Quotes from Bob Dylan’s lyrics

“It’s gettin’ dark too dark for me to see…I feel like I’m knockin’ on Heaven’s door
Knock, knock, knock in’ on heaven’s door…”

“Mama put my guns to the ground…I can’t shoot them anymore…”

“How many roads must a man walk down before you can call him a man?…”
“The answer my friend, is blowin’ in the wind, the answer is blowin’ in the wind.”

“Come mothers and fathers throughout the land and don’t criticize what you don’t understand.”

“The times, they are a-changin’…”

Acrylic, 20″x20″ canvas; Painted by Marilyn on Oct 27, 2016

Own Who You Are!

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IMG_7119When I was younger I was hesitant about calling myself an artist. I thought unless I owned a gallery, sold artwork or was employed by a creative agency I wasn’t comfortable using the title.  If someone asked, I’d respond by saying, “Oh, I’m an art major,” but  who was I trying to fool?  I was born an artist or at least I thought like one but I went on to use titles like art advocate, artivist, art leader, art coach but as the years go by and I create more and more, I think I’m an art “ART GEEK”!