Telluride family trip

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By Kate Bradley 7 December 2014, 10:21 AM

 

Like a lot of kids today, I come from a sometimes-great-sometimes-dysfunctional family. When I was in college when my parents separated. It was extremely painful the day I got that call from my dad. I was driving with a friend and had to pull over. Thankfully they have reconciled since then and are back together. So my story has a happy ending.

I love my parents dearly and I don't blame them; marriage is hard for the best of us. They did the best they could and sacrificed to make sure I grew up in a two-parent household. If it weren't for their support and encouragement, I would not be an artist today. For these reasons and many more, I consider myself extremely blessed.

 

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But, I won’t minimize the effect that experience had on my life. So profound an effect, that the work I do is directly related to it. I can also say that the Lord in his goodness has given me healing and redemption.

 

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We need family like we need air. Children get their sense of self-worth, their values, morals, and sense of belonging from their families. A happy family is a joy to behold. When one breaks down, the damage is devastating and can take a lifetime to repair. Maybe that's why the Bible tells us that true religion is to care for the orphans and the widows. They are the ones who don’t have family.

 

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It wasn't until recently that I realized how much of an impact my story has had on my art. Of all the things I could paint- landscapes, animals, fruit- it’s children I choose. Painted children are valued children. Through my art, I hope to help people develop deeper and more meaningful family relationships. I feel so honored that I get to celebrate the gift of family in my work.

 

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