A good friend was finishing up her education in law and wanted to reward herself for a job well done with a custom painting that included a biblical quote that resonated deeply with her career choice. Little did I know how much the world would change between making this in early 2016 and now. Syrian refugees, bombs, Black Lives Matter, the Dakota access pipeline, riots, all of these can apply to groups that are slowly gaining a voice in society.

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless and see that they get justice."
The completed piece.
Detail of the eye while in progress.
The blank space behind the quote.
Still working on the eyes.
Before adding the handwritten quote.
Closeup of the text on the background.
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