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Kate and Scott decided together to include art in their wedding registry, but Kate had no idea they would enter their marriage with a personalized piece – named after her and inspired by their love. Scott had the brilliant idea to reach out to the people closest to them to collectively purchase their legacy painting as a wedding gift. Those names are listed on the back of the painting so the couple always remembers their love and support.

When I met with Scott to discuss the painting, he was bursting with wonderful things to say about Kate. He wrote some of them out in an “I Love You” list, and I attached his list to the back of the painting along with the names. When the painting was unveiled at the reception, Scott read his list out loud, making the beautiful details of his joy known to all their wedding guests.
“I love you because you put up with me and still love me.”
“I love your eyes, your hair, your face, your smile…”
“I love your ambition and how hard you work for Mizzou and at your volunteer positions.”
“I love it when we laugh together, or even when you just laugh at me.”
“You bring out the best in me and help smooth out the rough parts of me.”
“I love that you care about whether I eat healthy food and that you make it taste good!”
“I am excited about all of the things we plan to do in our future, together.”
“I love you because you said yes when I asked you to marry me (even if I had to repeat it)!”

Kate shared her joy at having this piece as a daily reminder of the cherished community that surrounded them on their wedding day. She said, “It’s amazing to think Scott’s inspiration is in that painting, but everyone’s love is behind it.”

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Do you ever feel like starting over or that something is just not finished yet. That was what I experienced with this painting. It is two paintings in one. The painting underneath was part of a figural series that represented my healing process when I was recovering from breast cancer. The underneath painting in particular was about accepting the unconditional love that God had for me even in the midst of my ugly and struggle. These figures traveled to NYC for a show at the World Trade Art Gallery in 2014. A few years later goof friends of ours graciously let us use their Colorado retreat home for a family get away. While staying there I felt an unexplainable peace from the unpredictable past and knew this feeling needed to eventually come out. I felt the figural painting would be a perfect foundation for this experience because it would serve as a reminder that at the foundation of my actions and life is God’s embrace, no matter what. Whites, grays, charcoals, pearls and earth from the Colorado landscape fills the painting and represents a new beginning of light and rejuvenation. I am so pleased that this piece is owned and resides at our friends home because they had a big part of it’s creation.

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“BE THE CHANGE” Jon asked student protestors to “Express” their message to the MU in one word and to write that word on the canvas.

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This painting represents Mor Kantor’s journey as a daughter, a wife, a mother, and now a cancer survivor. Mor exudes life and energy and collaborated with artist Jenny McGee on a meaningingful journey of creativity, shared pain and hope through art.

Like Mor, this painting is deeply honest about the pain and joy that make life beautiful. The crushed pearls are broken but still shining. Their beauty has changed, but it has not decreased. The painting is heavily textured with rough and smooth parts layered together, coated in earthy tones that signify the raw nature of life, and it is nished with bright colors that embody the positivity, love, and support Mor has felt from her husband, children, family, friends, and community.

When the storm hits you out of nowhere, it’s important to remember that in some form, there is hope ahead and a bright future to look forward to. The sky is moody, but most importantly, it’s filled with glimpses of light and brightness for a future lled with health, love, hope, and vitality.