Painting Is My Livelihood

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Lotus 64″ x 50″ Oil on Canvas

Christina’s Story
My mother worked full-time as a nurse, but she was also a very talented artist. She always had a little studio in the house. I was attracted to that from an early age. She was my mentor from the very beginning. I grew up on Long Island, next to the woods and the Long Island Sound. Mom would take me to MoMa on Sundays. I have always been exposed to the arts.

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Music Is My Livelihood

Philip’s Story
When the doctor told me, “You may never sing again,” and “This is the point where people normally weep here in my office,” I sat and stared at the stethoscope on the wall.

Everything I had been doing for the past 10 years and all my dreams came crashing down Arrows and Soundaround the tiny scars on my vocal chords. I misused my voice on the road, and it was coming back to haunt me. I had known the power of a melody, the power of a song, and I knew the impact that it could have on people’s lives. I knew that it was worth chasing. I knew that it was connecting us with something we can’t really describe but are inspired by; we are moved in our deepest parts by sound.

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Music Is My Livelihood

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Photo by Aaron Zavitz

Hal’s Story
I’ve had the good fortune to make my living as an opera conductor working in the United States and abroad for the past 34 years. A number of those years have been in Nebraska that I now call home.

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