Shame, isolation and social stigmas plague recovering addicts, even in the latter stages of their reclamations, but painter Douglas Lail is harnessing his firsthand experience to mitigate these barriers to health. “When a human being is taken to the depths of darkness by addiction and recovers, there is a light that grows,” he says. “My mission is to paint the light I see in the mirror as well as the light I see in people in recovery around me. Hello My Name Is… offers a look at the faces of people that face their greatest fears and reunite with the world.” Lail’s free showcase, featuring portraits and personal backstories, will be on display in the Parish Hall at the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village Saturday, Feb. 28, from 2-5 p.m. motiveindex.com. Portrait of Vivian Grace courtesy of the artist
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