Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Mercy Helps Restore “Innocence Lost”

Innocence Lost by Randy Elrod
Local Nashville artist, Randy Elrod, painted what has been called a “tragic masterpiece” for Mercy Ministries. The inspiration for the piece is Mercy’s commitment to serving victims of sexual abuse and sex trafficking. Over 350,000 cases of domestic sex trafficking are reported each year in the U.S., although the number is much higher as there are so many cases that go unreported. As this horrific abuse becomes more prevalent, Mercy is committed to being a voice that brings light to the issue.

This powerful work of art, appropriately titled Innocence Lost, is an all too accurate portrayal of the fear, anger, pain and betrayal that overlay the beauty and innocence of these young victims. Here is what the artist, Randy Elrod, had to say about painting this piece:

Thanks so much for all you and your ministry do to restore and heal these little ones. Having two wonderful daughters—this painting was very emotional and heart wrenching for me.

Randy is a self-taught artist who began painting in the winter of 2002 at the age of 42 after his wife Chris gifted him with an easel and paints. For more information about Randy, and to see the incredible response to this painting, go to www.randyelrod.com. This painting will be auctioned off at the Merry Mercy Nashville Event on Friday, December 10th. For more information about Merry Mercy, contact Heather Robinson at 615-831-6987 or hrobinson@mercyministries.com.