Thurman by Firelight

By: Martin Dunn

Sarasota, Florida

Artist Statement

My painting was inspired by a Howard Thurman quote: “Community cannot for long feed on itself; it can only flourish with the coming of others from beyond, the unknown and undiscovered brothers.” All of the models for this piece either are or have been members of the homeless community of Sarasota. For many of us, they are all truly unknown and undiscovered. I believe that the problems we face can only be addressed when we are courageous enough to engage in the conversation with those most different from ourselves.