assignment was to illustrate an article from a magazine and I
chose to illustrate a story in which a young man in college was
beaten to death by the handle of a pistol.
The reason ... he was gay.
I chose this particular story for many reasons. First and foremost
because I am a mother of 3, and the violence within our communities
and in our schools scares me to death.
I fear for all our children.
Another reason that I chose this piece was that for me, as an
it presented me with a challenge.
The story conjured up gruesome images that I wasnt sure
I could convey to others,
and indeed, I had to reach deep inside me, to find my dark place,
in order for me to project what I saw in my mind.
I want my illustrations to grab a viewers attention, to
make the viewer aware
that a horrible crime has been committed.
I want the viewer to know that horrible crimes are still being
that violence is very real and constantly surrounds us.
As I said, I fear for the children, not only mine, but for every