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“The Many Hands of Faith” Dara Herman-Zerlein 11” x 15” Colorful painting of Woman with many hands and eyes done in bright oranges and reds. The background shows trees with colorful green and blue leaves. Watercolor on Arches paper.

“The Many Hands of Faith”

Artist: Dara Herman Zierlein,

Northampton

Description: 11” x 15” watercolor on Arches paper of woman with many hands and eyes.

Artist Statement: Breaking barriers for people with abilities is hard enough based on your birth place and disposition. Breaking Barriers with disabilities takes courage and faith. I grew up with my Mother who was wheelchair bound from a car accident when I was eight years old. I watched her struggle in a world that was not accessible for her and as a single mom, but I also learned that you must break the barriers that may hold you back and move on to succeed. She was a strong role model for many being an Interior Decorator rolling herself independently everywhere. I have audio dyslexia which causes me problems with learning/reading/writing, languages and I was told I would never make it to college, yet I graduated from Columbia University became an art teacher. I want other children and adults to know they are able to express their personal experiences through visual arts. This painting signifies the many hands and eyes open one must have to break barriers. It represents to live with faith that you can do what ever you put your mind to regardless of barriers.

About the Artist: My paintings touch topics such as equal rights, women’s rights, gender identity, environmental catastrophes and the consequences of plastic pollution on the environment. I have been interviewed internationally around my painting themes with activists like Beth Terry, My Plastic Free life,1 Million Women in Australia, Earth Issue magazine in London and currently in Resist, a tabloid edited by Françoise Mouly (The New Yorker magazine). When I am not painting, exhibiting, writing grants, teaching, creating posters, working and submitting my art. I am at home in Western Massachusetts with my husband, teenage son and our five pets, peacefully enjoying the life of an artist.

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