Early in 2016 I became aware of IMALIVE when I saw one of their paintings being signed by the leads from Supernatural.
I was midway through my year of working comiccons but my interest was piqued. I did some quick digging and was completely impressed with the work IMALIVE does.
Fast forward to the 2016 Toronto Supernatural Convention. I met the amazing IMALIVE team and saw them in action. Over the course of the weekend, we had a chance to connect and I offered my art skills and time to help them out.
Let me tell you how awesome these people are: they had seen my work online but hesitated to contact me because the art job pays zero dollars. They knew how often artists are asked to donate work and didn’t want to be yet another hand out. If you’re an artist or anyone who’s been asked to work for free a lot, you’re probably nodding your head right now.
But I wanted to help. To give back not only to my fandom but to the very people who need it the most: people in crisis.
You see, I’ve been there myself. I’ve written about this on my blog but the short version is I’ve struggled with severe postpartum depression, anxiety and more. But the thing is, no one, not one single person was there for me when I needed it.
So I paint for IMALIVE so that they can be there for someone in need.
The paintings are appearing at the Supernatural conventions throughout North America. At the conventions, fans write their messages of hope on the art. Messages that make a difference. Then the leads from Supernatural sign them. And finally, IMALIVE auctions them off to raise funds for their services.
The work they do is so damn important. Life saving. Soul restoring. And very much needed.
I can’t be a crisis responder but I can paint. And I can paint well. So this is how I give back.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, go to their site https://www.imalive.org/ You are not alone.