These trips come with a heavy emotional cost to Marc and the other volunteers. They are often put in harm's way as they confront owners and workers in these inhumane slaughterhouses, where dogs are tortured, boiled, and skinned alive.
Earnest Hemingway wrote, "we are stronger in the places we've been broken." So very true. I use the concept of kintsugi, the Japanese art of mending broken pottery with gold, to express the beauty and strength of those who've suffered and become even stronger through adversity.
Marc is a warrior with a giant, gentle heart, which is why I used gold leaf over his heart. This piece is oil on linen, 16" x 20."