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A little girl I knew was abducted.
I was very affected emotionally, and when I looked around my home town in the following days, I finally noticed all of the little fliers asking for help finding missing children. ( In America there are 1,500 missing child cases open every day. The fliers are often printed on the backs of coupons and are distributed as junk-mail.)

I just began saving the fliers, and after a year had a drawer full of them: Disposable mailers with tiny monochrome photos of missing children. It didn't seem right that these faces were so small and bland.

One night, out of nowhere, I was inspired to paint a full color portrait from one of the cards. As an artist, the question was this: How does a person paint a portrait of a missing child? I could not just approach it like an illustration. I could not just go about it as if it were a polite painting.

I began by putting away my brushes. They were too smooth. Too pretty. Too controllable. Instead, I began using palette knives. They were difficult to control and allowed for unexpected deviations. At times, I laid out my palette and created these in very dim lighting. Surely the way a person is painted may reflect the circumstances of the person...At times the process becomes very emotional for me. Each portrait may take as many as thirty of forty sessions, as each layer adds to the depth. It's like taking the long way home. The long process avoids superficiality. I think that the complexity of the paint reflects the complexity of the child's situation.

I have met many families who thank me for painting their child. They found comfort in knowing that "someone" was thinking about their family.
Occasionally, A recovered teen will write me. They find it fascinating that a stranger was compelled to paint them during their darkened childhood.

Actually,To me, these paintings are about love.

-John Paul Thornton

Interviews and Links

My website: www.johnpaulthornton.com


Video Interview:www.studiovideos.net/gallery/1…
Video Interview: John Paul Thornton by johnpaulthornton


Interview about Haiti project: hq.deviantart.com/journal/Hait…
Children of Haiti by johnpaulthornton


Missing Daughter's Portrait Presented to Father.
Television News segment
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Angel and Father by SublimeBudd


Video Interview:www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQHAW9…
John Paul Thornton by johnpaulthornton


Shadowness interview: shadowness.com/interview/forum…

Deviousness Award

Deviousness Award
`johnpaulthornton is a traditional artist who despite being part of our community for a relatively short period of time, has made a massive impact on people's lives. His gallery is an emotional journey, filled with portraits of missing children . Many of these hauntingly beautiful paintings have been exhibited across the United States in an effort to raise awareness and hopefully reunite families. You may have read about John Paul's work in the incredible story of a missing girl who was returned 18 yrs later to her parents which received international media attention. `johnpaulthornton always takes time to participate positively, providing excellent critique and inspirational journals, all of which go hand in hand at securing the Deviousness Award for October 2009. Congratulations John Paul!
-awarded October 2009

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:iconpeterwillems:
Peterwillems Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016
Keep up the good work.
Support!
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FlightySpirit Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016
Happy birthday!
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:iconhaiashouster:
HaiaShouster Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015   Traditional Artist
Very interesting  and challenging gallery !!!   Rose 

Great idea and nice project of art work  !!!     Rose 

I had a great pleasure to see to read and to hear you. !!! Rose Rose 
        
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LexisSketches Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
Just stopping by to say hello :hug: Have a wonderful day~
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:iconflightyspirit:
FlightySpirit Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Happy birthday!
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analillithbar Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
birthday cake Lily Wishing a Happy Birthday Blower fella (Party) 
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:iconloretana:
LORETANA Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday! Party I wish you only the positive impressions of this year!
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:iconevillionblaze:
evillionblaze Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your art is so beautiful and inspiring!!
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:iconjohnpaulthornton:
johnpaulthornton Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
*Gratitude*
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:iconrandelart:
randelart Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
god bless you man. absolutely amazing work
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:iconjohnpaulthornton:
johnpaulthornton Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
Thank you!
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sophiebastien Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Hi JP,

Just wanted to now when you're off to London so we cam meet tere :)

Sophie
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:iconjohnpaulthornton:
johnpaulthornton Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
Dear Sophie, I am so sorry I didi not meet you in London! The itinerary was overwhelming, and I was hosting a couple dozen artists... I hope to see you again soon. I loved London, (but would have enjoyed it more with a visit to a pub with you).
Your friend in Los Angeles, John Paul
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sophiebastien Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
Hi John Paul, good to hear from you :)
I hope you enjoyed London last Summer

I took your advice and built a project for a charity ( Keep a Breast foundation that you might know, they're based in Los Angeles) I offered them to spend few months in California and paint 15 breast cancer survivors and then sell the paintings in an auction, of course the money would go to the charity. However I would need to support myself since I won't have a work visa but an artist visa. So I was thinking about doing a kickstarter and give people prints of my artworks for their pledge, even if I am being optimistic I don't think I can raise let's say 20k ( this is what I believe I would need to live decenty in California for 6 months - getting a car / groceries / gaz / art material / rent / studio etc.) So i was looking at websites with 'business angels', do you know any organisation that could hep me out?

Thanks for your help and advice

Sophie
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GrimmWhiskey Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You're gallery is amazing, and inspiring. 
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:iconjohnpaulthornton:
johnpaulthornton Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
Sp are super nice. Thank you.

John Paul
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GrimmWhiskey Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome :)
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AbysmalSecrets Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Student General Artist
You're depth and care in missing children was really touching. You're a really good person to be doing this, to be so mindful for others. I wish I could do more to give you a gift, but here anyways. llama
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johnpaulthornton Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
Gratitude.

-John Paul
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Azulae Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Happy Birthday ! And your opuses are amazing ! I love it !
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