The Queer Portrait Project tells the stories of people in the queer community in my paint and in their words. I am painting queer-identified people and having each person write a short bio to accompany the painting. I am painting people I know and people I don’t know. I am painting gay people, bi people, trans people, old people, young people, outgoing people, shy people, tall people, short people…queer people. I seek to illustrate the diversity, breadth, and variety that is the queer community. I like the thought of art used as a connection and a bridge in this tightknit, yet also disparate community. We tend to subdivide ourselves according age, race, gender, and class. I hope to show, in the most basic of ways -images and words- how art can be action for change. We have the power to strengthen and sustain each other: as queers, as artists, as people.

If you are interested in posing for the project, send an email to jen@paintpunk.com or see the facebook event:

Sunday, April 29, 2012


Growing up I always knew that I was different from everyone around me, but didn’t know quite how to express it. So I kept it inside for a very long time. Uttering the words, I am gay, aloud to another human being was the most difficult and terrifying thing I would ever have to do, or so I thought. What if they don’t accept me, what if they turn their back on me? But the important people didn’t. The others didn’t need to be part of my life anyway. I don’t mind that people think of me as gay. But I am glad that the most important people in my life think of me either as a son, a brother, an uncle or a friend. And none of them call me queer, they just call me Todd.

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