What does it mean to ‘live’ and ‘be’ peace? To be a light in the darkness? How can we embody truths spoken and lived by the spiritual leaders who have come before us, shedding light on The Way? My Dalai Lama painting marked the beginning of my personal investigation into a series of painting portraits of spiritual and political leaders who have lived light, embodied peace and influenced their communities in deep and meaningful ways. All of these individuals have inspired others and initiated positive change, even through great hardship. Although they represent different communities and religions from around the world, their messages, in unity, speak truth and light into the darkness. Currently I am enjoying working on individual commissioned paintings of pets and people. I enjoy the challenge of working from multiple photos and inventing a background that fits the theme or vision of the client.