DALLAS – Domestic violence is one hardship that hits home for those who have lived through the pain. Perhaps one way to paint the picture of strength and survival is to, well, paint a picture.
And that's just what artist Toni Martin is doing. Martin partnered with the Genesis Women's Shelter for the Beyond the Paint exhibition and charity benefit. The exhibit features 12 portraits of women who have been victims of domestic violence. Each stroke represents a story.
"What motivated me for Beyond the Paint was my own personal experience,” Martin said. "I had gone through a lot of hardships myself and I was feeling really down, and kind of feeling alone. And I didn't want to be alone anymore."
Martin wasn't alone. She searched for others, those with similar stories and journeys.
"I basically found all these women through messaging on Facebook, and others were referred to me,” Martin said.
One of Martin's muses? Lindsay Norman, who admits it wasn't easy opening up about her painful past.
"I wanna be able to share my story to help other people, but didn't feel right sharing it with a complete stranger,” Norman said. “As time went on during the interview process, things went smoother and I was able to open up more. So therefore, I think it kinda helped Toni out to be able to implement it through the painting. In my personal opinion, it portrays me perfectly. I was just pretty amazed by it."
The pop-up exhibition is on display for one night only, Thursday, November 12th from 7-10 pm at the Random Art Gallery in Dallas' Design District.
"I want this show to portray a triumph. It's not depressing,” Norman said. "It's brushed under the table only because the people that have been victims, are full of fear in sharing it."
An art exhibit designed to help people see the bigger picture and shed light on an issue that goes far beyond the paint.