No matter who you are, you are aware of or are personally affected by thefinancial crisis that is occurring here in America. I currently am blessed to still have a job and to not be largely affected by the dropping stock prices, but it is still something that is on my mind each and every day. The worst part about this situation in the fact of how helpless we feel. We tune in every day to see the stocks getting lower, more companies going bankrupt and yet there is very little we can each do to help this downward spiral. Well now one person is attempting to help change that silence. Geoffrey Raymond, an artist from Brooklyn has now given the people a voice, one canvas at a time.
I first learned of Geoffrey Raymond when he was featured on the Today show for the controversial work he has been producing. Geoffrey paints financial big-shots on canvas and then go to the streets of Wall Street, canvas and sharpie marker in hand, and gives passersby the opportunity to write on his paintings their thoughts and feelings regarding the current situation. His works include paintings of large financial figures such as Eliot Spitzer, James Cayne and Richard Fuld. I have since become intrigued by this man and his paintings, because although he is only one man with few paintings and a sharpie, his voice and the voice of those who comment on his paintings is being heard. Geoffery Raymond is a great example of the affect one person can have. It is amazing the voices he has been able to share through his paintings and shows us that it is not impossible to make our voices heard during this crisis.