Small works, new paintings.


Let it be Known. Acrylic on board, 12 x 12 inches (Vestige series), acrylic.

Vestige. As defined by Merriam-Webster (1): a trace, mark, or visible sign left by something (as an ancient city or a condition or practice) vanished or lost (2): the smallest quantity or trace.
Origins: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin vestigium footstep, footprint, track, vestige. First Known Use: 15th century.

Several new works are completed and others in development, October 2015.

To inspire and illuminate

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End Abuse Today, a recent project tragically cut short.

My role was creating the website and blog, developing original graphic and written content, establishing, growing and managing online and offline community and social media content for the new nonprofit organization, End Abuse Today.

End Abuse Today was an organization dedicated to preventing domestic abuse in all its forms. Including child abuse, domestic violence, bullying and other trending abuse issues involving children and families. Meetings and talks began in February 2014 and work started February 2015.

Designed as a primary prevention initiative, End Abuse Today created messaging to reach, teach and empower young people to break the hurtful cycle of abuse through positive, lasting change. The organization was a positive force, a big part of my work included audience engagement online and offline, in the real world. My schedule included following local community events and exploring and mixing with various groups and cultures in order to depict through photographs, family and life situations with people being supportive and joyful with one another. I relish such opportunities with a passionate belief in the power of observation, exploration and storytelling to change the community, to inspire and illuminate.

The nonprofit organization closed late in October 2015 with the untimely death of my friend of over 25 years and partner in starting the organization, Russell S. Smith. Smith was widely known for 15 years as former CEO of Make-A-Wish South Carolina. Prior to those years, he was recognized by his numerous achievements as a pioneer in the prevention of child abuse and domestic violence.

A new path.

With such a sudden end to the organization, I start November 2015 seeking a new job position as online community and social media content manager where the company or organization aim is to be a strong online and offline community presence and build meaningful relationships. I am willing to work on a retainer basis instead, if that suits. I welcome your interest. I may be reached at 864-235-4483 or by email. —Joel

In honor of Russell Smith, I’m sharing this video showing his passion for the work he did with Make-A-Wish South Carolina. Peter’s Steinway Piano:

I am grateful that Smith chose me to help build something so important. With the help of volunteers and advocates for positive lasting change, there’s no question End Abuse Today would’ve become an influential household name. Russell Smith will be missed.