The Seeds and Light Project was created by painter Sara Drescher to support Freedom 418, Compassion, and the Midland County Child Welfare Board. These organizations work to free children from the cycle of poverty (Compassion), support survivors of human trafficking (Freedom 418) and help meet the needs of children who are in foster care (Midland County Child Welfare Board). Drescher, a celebrated artist from Midland, Texas began by simply asking herself if she could do more to help others. Check out the Q&A below to learn more about Seeds and Light.
What specifically inspired you to start the Seeds and Light Project?
I was ruminating about my life one day and had a strong desire to do more to help people. I felt like I had only been doing the bare minimum and I wanted to take the next step. A few months before, I painted to two paintings to raise money for my friend’s work with sex trafficking survivors in Southeast Asia. I had also just committed to sponsoring a child in Indonesia. These two additions to my life inspired me to go ahead and create a series of art solely to raise funds for children in need. I had two groups that I felt confident supporting but they were based in other countries. Helping my own community is important to me, too. I was talking about my idea in one of my art classes and two of the ladies told me about their work with a non-profit that supports local kids in the foster system. It was a perfect match! I had my three groups to support, and now I could create the art.
Which painting did you create first?
I have two “series” in the Seeds and Light Project. The first in the “Seeds Series,” was “Seed of Potential No.1” and the first in the “Light Series” was “Value.”
What do you hope the paintings communicate to survivors?
I want to communicate acceptance and love to the survivors. I want to show them that they are full of light and potential and not darkness.
Has working on Seeds and Light impacted the rest of your fine art practice in any way?
I think the Seeds and Light Project has made me even more determined to infuse all of my work with hope. A painting may not be directed at survivors of abuse or neglect specifically, but everyone has scars and struggles with something. One person’s pain is not less than another person’s pain. There is so much darkness and conflict in the world right now, I do not feel led to contribute to it in any way. I hope all of my work can bring light, comfort, or promise to anyone it speaks to.
Learn more about Seeds and Light and purchase the artwork here: saradrescher.com/seedsandlightproject/