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Featuring Andi Wilson...........................................................

Diamonds raining down around her changing to corn chips show the contrast of dreams and reality for the single, expecting mother. A halo of M.A.C. lipstick tell of materialistic ideals and hopes. In front an expressionistic dialogue drips her down; the never ending pull of reality...........................................................

Andi and I worked together in a restaurant years ago. After I moved back to Indiana from Amsterdam. I proposed we do a portrait piece of her. She is quite a character after all, and was happy to be the focus of one of my pieces. Even though I had her come straight from working all night, no shower or change of clothes, sweaty and tired she still posed in the rain! She was about nine months pregnant at the time, and working third shifts at a local Tyson factory since her conception. She needed to make a little more money to save up for the baby............................................................

Now in this day and age, just about anyone in America knows third shift takes a toll on anyones body, especially women, and women who are further along in pregnancy are advised to maintain a healthier schedule. Though as with too many companies still today her health was ignored. Even though she requested to work first or second shifts, no exceptions were made to accommodate her health or that of the coming baby.....

I've seen this kind of disrespect and neglect time and again for menial wage occupations. I'm blessed with a voice and a platform by which I can shed light on these individuals left behind. There has been an endless fight for better treatment of the working class and poor. Changes have come, but more progress still needs to be made.......................................................................................

As with all my paintings featuring a real person and their story or struggle; 10% of the sale goes to the person featured. In this case, Noah, the baby featured will receive a savings bond accessible when he is older.

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Watercolor, Oil, Ink, and Diamond Dust

Nine Months, Third Shift (2013)

$2,400

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