Updated: Mar 27, 2022
Sunflowers are a common subject in my paintings, and each time I see them now, I am reminded of the incredible strength and resiliency of the Ukrainian people. Like the sunflower that opens up to a brilliant blue sky, Volodymyr Zalenskyy has blossomed into the leader his country needs and, frankly, the hero our world has hungered for. I’m so grateful to have someone to look up to who is fighting for what’s right, and my hope is that he will prevail, that Ukraine will prevail, that democracy will prevail, and we will look back on this time as the wake-up call that turned us away from autocratic rule; away from deepening inequities in health, wealth and social status; and away from fossil fuels toward cleaner, renewable energy.
So what better way to support efforts in Ukraine than with this sunflower painting? It could be yours! For each $10 you donate to Razom, which is a nonprofit organization providing humanitarian aid, including medical aid, and assisting refugee centers, orphanages and other vetted charities, you will earn a chance to bring home my original painting, Sunflowers for Ukraine (20"x16" oil on panel). Donate $10 (one entry), $50 (five entries), $100 (ten entries) or any amount.
There are two ways to participate:
Send your check payable to Razom to: Kate Emery, Clatter Valley Studio, 74 Prattling Pond Road, Farmington, CT 06032. Please include a note with your email address, so I can stay in touch if you are the winner. I will pass all checks along to Razom.
And if you would prefer to use Venmo, then send your contribution to @KateEmeryArt with “For Ukraine” in the notes, along with your email address, so I can let you know if you’ve won.
At the end of April, I will select the winner via a random drawing.
In addition, through the end of April, I will be donating 75% of my proceeds from art sales to Razom, so if there’s an available painting you’ve been thinking about, this would be a great month to buy.
And let’s remember that love is greater than hate, greed and tyranny and that sometimes, out of great darkness, a new light can shine.
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of The Ring