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I am not ashamed of getting divorced. Divorce has been a winnowing experience for me.

First, I cleared physical clutter from my life, giving up things that I did not need in order to stay close to my girls. I budgeted carefully, gave up my car and simplified my spending habits so that I could stay home.

Then I cleared out emotional clutter, letting go of relationships with people who did not believe in me. I was told to get a real job or to stop homeschooling or to parent differently. I was told that everything bad that was happening to me was my fault.

But there were other people, people who stood by me, and I couldn’t have made it through this year without their support. (more…)

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Call For Submissions – Mothers & Fathers

Send me your photo & I might use it for my next series!

I am making two new series of original paintings: one for Mother’s Day and another one for Father’s Day. Would you like me to use your photo as inspiration? Email up to three (3) photos to hello@ekwetzel.com with “Mother’s Day submission” or “Father’s Day submission” in the subject. (more…)

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Celebrating Contemporary Black Artists

Last year, to celebrate Black History Month, I did a series of portraits of important black female artists.
For Black History Month this year I want to step back and let the work of black artists speak for itself. We’re making our own stories right now & I feel it’s important to share those stories so that they can shape reality. Without further ado, I will let the following 11 Black Female Artists speak for themselves:

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Celebrating Important Black Female Artists


This year for Black History Month I wanted to paint a handful of important black female artists. I thought I would maybe do one or two portraits, but the more I researched, the more I fell in love with these amazing women. I picked out 15 important artists overall, and today I’d like to share my first 6 portraits with you. (more…)

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Source images for my Valentine’s Day series


For my latest series of Affectionate Animals, I wanted my paintings to feel classic and timeless. That’s why I used vintage photographs as the source images for the paintings! Aside from the scene from I Love Lucy, which turned into the Bear Hug portrait, each of these photogrphs is from relative unknown photographers, images I simply found off the internet. (more…)

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What do you do when a child gets Type 1 Diabetes?

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The moment I learned that Melissa’s two-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes,  I wanted to bury her in the biggest hug. But, since they live 1,000 miles away, I painted her a picture instead.

I’ve never met the Wilsons in person, but we’ve known each other online for years. The more I talked with my friend about the struggles her family was facing, the more I wanted to do something to help. The Wilson family has health insurance, but it barely covers their expenses, and they quickly blew through their savings in order to get the appropriate medications and treatments for their little girl.

Just because we are part of an online community, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a Real one. So I created the Love Little Violet fundraiser. A swell of encouragement rose up to support the Wilsons, and a few donations trickled in. Online community can be amazing and full of love.

Donate to the fundraiser.

But it still wasn’t enough. So I decided: it was time to do more. (more…)

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