Oct. 2, 2021 – After drawing his portrait, she decided to draw others who suffered from addiction

“The goal of this project is to humanize this disease and to help to erase the stigma of drug addiction,” she explains. “It’s not a moral failing. It is a disease, and every single person in all of our exhibits suffered and worked very hard in most cases to overcome it. There’s a connection – an emotional connection – that I have with every single person that I draw, and it’s through their eyes, that I really feel their energy, their soul.” So far she’s completed 250 portraits and held shows in five states:

“Virginia is our fifth state now after Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania. Next year we’ll be in California and Florida,” Clower says. “We reach out to support groups, we reach out to faith communities, and we of course use a lot of social media, and families who have lost a loved one in that particular state to drug addiction are asked to submit information. From that we write the narrative. I have a writer who donates her time to this project, and then three photographs are submitted.”

She calls it Into Light – a name suited to her drawings in black, white and shades of gray.


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