"Lamb of God"
       
     
"Stanley"
       
     
"Dougger the Hugger"
       
     
Tatiana (China) and Jack
       
     
Celia
       
     
Sweet Deborah
       
     
Billy
       
     
The Londoner
       
     
Walter
       
     
All Human
       
     
"Lamb of God"
       
     
"Lamb of God"

I met Sean and his dog, Lamb of God, in a Dallas, Texas McDonald's parking lot. Sean and his dog were walking across the parking lot when a man in a moving van started talking to him and Sean said something in return. The next thing I knew, the man jumped out of his truck and attacked Sean and his dog, hitting them both to the ground. I jumped out of my car and ran over to pick them up. God used this story to introduce me to Sean, and to listen to him say, “God is so good to me ma'am, 90 percent of people don’t treat me that way. Most people are good people.”  The painting I did of Sean and his dog was when he gave thanks to God for always taking care of them. We prayed together and parted ways. When this painting sells, 50 percent will pay for an efficiency apartment and future food costs for him.

30"x40" - 2" Wrapped Canvas
$6500

"Stanley"
       
     
"Stanley"

Stanley came and sat down in a chair for our Homeless Worship and Ministry day in Dallas, TX.   It was 7 degrees outside that December day. I felt the nudge of the Lord  to go and pray for him and to ask if I could take his photo. I wasn’t certain he would allow it but he was more than happy to pose and smile while he drank his cup of hot coffee. I couldn’t fathom how cold they must be in this weather with just a tent to cover them. My feet were frozen solid. Stanley touched me in such a way, with his beautiful smile and demeanor, and worshiping the Lord in 7 degree weather.

36"x48" - 2" Wrapped Canvas
$4500

 

"Dougger the Hugger"
       
     
"Dougger the Hugger"

I met Doug on a cold December morning, 7 degrees to be exact. He was standing next to me during the worship session on the streets of Dallas, Texas. He asked me if I would hug him after the music ended and told me he had been a pastor formerly in his life, and that his name is "Dougger the Hugger." We got to chat for a while and talked about his being homeless for four months and how one man, who was also homeless, took him under his wing and taught him how to survive on the streets. When he was walking away, I ran after him and asked him if I could take his photo and this is the pose he did, saying, “Julie, come and hug me.” Truly one of the sweetest men I’ve ever met.

36"x48" - 2" Wrapped Canvas
$10,000

Tatiana (China) and Jack
       
     
Tatiana (China) and Jack

I met China during one of my group sessions on the streets of Dallas.  I loved her sweet spirit and beautiful smile. When I asked the girls if they wanted to sing, China sang with a beautiful voice and most of us wept. She came to live with me for a short time, and would sit on the tile floor because she was so used to concrete after 40 years of being homeless. Because of the habitual and familiar nature of being without a home for 40 years, China eventually asked to go back to the shelter to find her fiancée. She still lives on the streets and sleeps at the shelter most nights.

30"x40" - 2" Wrapped Canvas
$4000

 

Celia
       
     
Celia

I met Celia during a group session on Hickory Street back in March 2017.  She was very reluctant to speak and very closed off from everyone.  It took me 6 months, week after week, to gain her trust, and to get her to tell her story and open up.  Celia came to Dallas, Texas, via Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, 12 years ago.  More discouraging events in Dallas eventually ended her up on the streets with no family here except her son (who was at another shelter).  Celia’s goal is for her and her son to be reunited and to have a home they can share.  The sale of the painting will help her get very close to this dream.  She is an amazing strong woman of God.   

30"x40" - 2" Wrapped Canvas
$3000

Sweet Deborah
       
     
Sweet Deborah

I met Deborah after one of our group sessions on Hickory Street outside Austin Street shelter.  She came up to me specifically for healing prayer for a broken arm.  She said that the Lord was going to heal her broken arm (in 2 places) because she did not have the money to do what the surgeons said needed done.  As I was praying for her we both felt and heard her arm pop back into place!!  She started dancing and singing with JOY.  It was a great day!  She eventually came to stay with me for a while and is currently living in a shelter in Maryland near her family.  She is a positive upbeat woman of God of Alaskan Indian descent. 

24"x30" - 2" Wrapped Canvas
$1500

Billy
       
     
Billy

I met Billy on a very cold January day. She was sitting outside her tent in a wheelchair with ALL her new hats and scarves adorning her beautiful face. Every person I met that day received coats, hats, scarves, gloves, new tents, and hot food donated by caring individuals. I was so impressed by her demeanor and spirit. She was so calm and serene. Half of the proceeds of this painting will go toward procuring housing for her.

24"x30" - 2" Wrapped Canvas
$2500



 

The Londoner
       
     
The Londoner

I met Christopher while serving the homeless in Liverpool, England in September 2017. Christopher runs the food pantry for the down and out. Nine months ago, he was a heroin addict living on the streets. After a near death experience, he asked God to take his addictions away, and within a week, he was completely set free from drugs. He now lives to be a servant to the Lord. He will use his 50 percent of the sale of his painting to repair his teeth and pay rent.

36"x36" - 2" Wrapped Canvas
$4800

Walter
       
     
Walter

I met Walter on a beautiful spring day on the streets of Dallas, Texas. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was passing through Dallas on his way to Waco with his wife. They were on their way to Waco to help out a Ministry called Brothers Keepers. He is a kind, sweet soul with a beautiful spirit, smiling all of the time. Half of the money of this painting will help him to get an apartment in Waco and help support his family.

36"x48" - 2" Wrapped Canvas
$5000

 

All Human
       
     
All Human

We took this photo on the day the police were scheduled to "clear out" all the homeless people living under the bridge at I-45 and 2nd Street. I was having a hard time keeping it together, as I kept wondering, "Where are they going to go? How are they going to move all their belongings without a car or means of transportation?" 
We have to change the way we do things here in Dallas. There has to be a better way. In the midst of all of these thoughts, I happened upon this poignant message in the dirt, formed with rocks. We are all human. We are a long way from having all the answers, but The Refuge Center for Women is certainly a huge step in the right direction. 100% of the money from this original painting will be donated to The Refuge.

Original Sold. Prints available for purchase upon request.