Jared is an artist in the truest form, a friend, and an unquestionably inspiring human. What an enlivening experience it was to attend an art show where the works on the walls, all of them stunningly beautiful, were created stroke by stroke with a paintbrush that was held between the artist’s teeth. Quadriplegia may have rendered him a mouthpainter, but mouthpainting has rendered him an uplifting protagonist/100% bad-A.
It’s impossible to imagine the struggle of paralysis, but I know many friends in wheelchairs who don’t flounder--they fight. That’s Jared’s story. I see the passion of the fight in his artwork, too.
As we admired the paintings, the hill country scenery, and the massive cactus garden, Alpha Rev made an appearance to perform a mini concert. There was something about the way their voices harmonized like running water, coursing through the whole house and bouncing off Jared’s paintings. I think Casey McPherson of the band used the perfect word when explaining how he felt about playing at Jared’s house, in the presence of such impassioned artistry: He called the experience “transformative.”
Visit Jared’s website at www.jdunten.com to read more about his story and work.