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     January 3, 2020      #42-3 KDJ

Painting a colorful future 

By John Dykstra

When people watch Jessica Carter paint, they see an eccentric, bubbly artist turning plain white walls into a colorful masterpiece.

But that isn’t all they are witnessing. They don’t know it, but they are watching Carter’s therapy. They are watching a domestic violence survivor overcome her trauma. They are watching a 35-year-old single mother of three children — including one who has autism — in a rhythm. They are watching an Army veteran give back to fellow soldiers and animal care organizations.

They are watching Carter paint a colorful present and future over a darker past.

“I can paint for hours,” Carter said. ...

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