Art is often the way that we capture a moment in time that might have been missed otherwise. Could it even be the best way to tell a story that is hard to speak in a public way? It’s absolutely the best way that one woman lifted me up in a time when I needed it most.
@leslienicholsart did that for me and my story more than once and she continues to do so.
She is using her art to say that a farmwife in Kentucky who has committed to a life of contemplation that includes prayer, growing food, raising five children, and showing up in public spaces is an act of resistance to destruction and a commitment to the social needs she sees around her.
She placed my story there among a human rights activist, a professor and politician, an international communicates professional and respected community artist and teacher.
She used her talent and opportunity to give me the gift of seeing the “work” behind what might have been missed as simple mundane, everyday work. I’ll forever be grateful.
This is a portrait of Michelle Howell, a hardworking farmwife, mother of five, author, and advocate. On the left side of the bust you can read text from the poem “Anyway” that was on a wall of Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta, India. “If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.” “The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.”
Leslie Nichols, Artist