Thurman by Firelight


28 by 42 inches, framed, oil on panel.

'Community cannot for long feed on itself; it can only flourish with the coming of others from beyond, their unknown and undiscovered brothers.'

'...I cannot be what it is that I must be if between you and me, between you and God, there is no community.'

'Community is rooted in the quality of deliberate intention.'  --Howard Thurman

Over fifty years ago the spiritual leader of the American civil rights movement was telling us what it will take to get out of this mess.  He told us to get out there and start loving individuals, preferably individuals far different from ourselves.  Somebody has to take the step and go to where the others are, sit down, and offer to listen.  In this painting we see a group of four very different-looking individuals engaged in conversation with a background of civil unrest.  What we don't know is who came to whom.  All of the models for this painting either are or were members of the homeless community in my home town of Sarasota, FL.

Thurman By Firelight has been accepted into four national and international art exhibitions:  'Hindsight', a digital exhibition hosted by Gallery 114, Portland, OR, running the month of January, 2021;  The Bakhita Prize for the Visual Arts, hosted by Dappled Things, a Catholic arts quarterly; 'Race in America', hosted by Drury University, Springfield, MO (ended November 26, 2020); and Embracing Our Differences, a non-profit organization with the vision of "A world that embraces diversity, respects differences and actively rejects hatred and prejudice."  Over 388,000 people viewed the 2020 exhibit.  Fifty works were chosen from 16,000 submissions from 128 countries.

So far in 2021, Thurman By Firelight has been accepted into 'Beautiful Possibilities', a digital exhibition hosted by Woodwalk Galleries of Door County, WI.

The painting is on display at and offered by Dabbert Gallery, 46 S Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL, 34236.  (941) 955-1315