a worthwhile cause

June 2, 2009

A few weeks back I was contacted by Ashley of The Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy. I had never heard of Ferst, but it’s an organization well worth supporting.  The Ferst Foundation strives to provide children with one book every month from pre-school until age 5.  It’s an especially important project in our community when you figure only 28% of Georgia 4th graders read at or above proficiency, and Georgia has the nations third highest high school drop out rate.  Shocking right?  Anyhoo…Ashley will be hosting an online auction this fall to benefit this wonderful project and I hope you all will take a moment to check out her new blog. She has some fabulous items up for auction, including a custom pet portrait by none other than yours truly.  I hope all you blog lovin’ artsy folk will spread the word!  Best ~ h

What a co-ink-y-dink!  I have spent weeks working on this portrait, to wake up and realize that today, March 5th, it is complete.  Perfect timing, as today is Lee Anne (my little mermaid’s) birthday.  There’s a story here, and for those of you lucky enough to know Lee Anne, you know where it begins.  Lee Anne, my step-mother, has been living with Huntington’s Disease for the past 10 years.  Never heard of Huntington’s Disease?   CLICK HERE.

Lee Anne is such an inspiration to all who meet her.  She fights her battle with an outpouring of love, an endless supply of hope, and a smile so infectious it can light up a room…( it’s hard to miss her trademark ruby red lipstick!)  I can’t think of any better way to wish her a happy birthday, than to unveil her portrait, and to offer it up as a charitable print.  (That is, of course, if you approve Lee)  You can purchase your print by visiting my HeatherLYoung Etsy Shop and know that the proceeds will help find a cure for this debilitating disease.  Spread the word!


“Riding the Storm Out” ©2009 Heather L. Young

Original measures 20″x8.5″

Acrylic & Oil Wash on Illustration Board