Thanks for your Questions. Now here's some answers....

Many of you have expressed some questions and confusion about the AUCTION I am doing right now, such as:


1. Why are you doing this?
2. What percentage of the winning bid is going to the www.metoomvmt.org? And does any of the proceeds go to you?
3. What is the me too movement exactly?
4. What do you need me to do?

5. What Auction?      [https://www.32auctions.com/ohgirlmetoo]

I hope that this will answer some of your questions.

Why am I doing this?
This all began after reading one story. One that cracked open a 30 year treasure chest of subdued pain in my brain and ripped open a tough scar in my heart. Like all wounds, sometimes the best healing comes from re-breaking and resetting.
And so I began to read more. Some stories came with faces of the women. Others were just their words. I grabbed the big canvas that you now refer to, to me as "all the women" painting, and started to draw out the faces of some of their stories.
All of the women in this painting came from real women who were brave enough to say enough is enough. They spoke up. They said I don't have to carry this alone anymore. It is so difficult to tell these stories. They are sometimes embarrassing and often frightening.
Have you read their stories yet? I attached some to this but you can read the

STORIES HERE: https://mailchi.mp/3690b4f4243d/their-stories_me-too [or copy link]

There are so many more than these 15. And honestly I didn't even crack the surface of the enormity of this widespread epidemic. 17,700,700 women have reported a sexual assault since 1998, according to statistics on metoomvmt.org.

And what really is the Me Too Movement?
In 2006, Tarana Burke founded the me too. movement to help survivors of sexual violence, particularly young women of color from low wealth communities, find pathways to healing. Using the idea of “empowerment through empathy,” the me too. movement was ultimately created to ensure survivors know they're not alone in their journey.

In less than six months because of the viral #metoo hashtag, a vital conversation about sexual violence has been thrust into the national diologue. Read about it here:
https://metoomvmt.org/

Where does the winning money go? And how about the painting?
The winner of the auction will be awarded the painting 'Oh Girl, Me Too', donated by me, the artist. And hopefully it'll be hung in a location that encourages dialogue and a safe space for healing. The money is not for the artwork. That's not what I am raising money for.

Half of the proceeds, 50%, of this auction will be donated directly to the me too. movement.Their goal is to empower women who have survived sexual assault and harassment, to shatter the silence and help them begin a road to recovery. Ultimately they, and so do I, want strategies implemented to sustain long term systemic change, a cultural shift in accountability in sexual violent behavior. The higher you bid, the more that goes to make this happen.
The other 50% will go towards my income, to keep me painting and supporting my family. I am a a small business owner and I believe in what I do with a passion. And I, like you, work hard for a living.
I know that my paintings are my voice. I give joy to others through my art. I also want to give healing with art, ONE colorful painting at a time.
I, too, am healing, and I thank God for the ONE story that changed my life, the one that brought healing to me.

What can you do?
Put in a bid. Go in it together with your coworkers or friends.

GO BID: https://www.32auctions.com/ohgirlmetoo
Share this everywhere. To all your social media platforms.
Tag me.
Reach out to everyone you know.
I'm asking you to partner with me.
WIN this beautiful piece of art and hang it in a location that encourages support and healing.

Help me to spread this good word and begin the work of healing souls. And once in for all, let's help to eradicate behavior that is victimizing, demoralizing and hurtful.
I need your support. And thank you for reading this story.

Onlooker, Sami Carroll is moved to tears when the painting was revealed at the By Love artist Reception 7/28/18

People reading the stories of the women in the painting at East Simpson Coffee Co. in Lafayette, CO, where the painting is displayed until Spetember 9th, 2018

A young couple reads together the brave stories of women.