It was a finger-painting of a rainbow in a sunny field drawn on old-school construction paper back when I was in pre-school. It was rolled up in an dusty shoe box atop a cob-web infested closet and had hard water stains on the edges from a leak caused by Hurricane Andrew that had long ago been patched up. It was so delicate that when I rolled it open, it started ripping at the edges. My first masterpiece had not been well-preserved. But I couldn’t bare to throw it away. Instead, I took it home, cut it up into a dozen salvageable pieces, découpaged the heck out of the resulting slivers and remounted it on a bright, shiny new canvas. I brushed on an extra layer of shine for good measure. My resurrected work of art proudly hangs above my dining room entryway, happily awaiting a complement from anyone who comes to visit. I can’t wait to find my next artistic treasure to bring back to life and the resulting magic that happens when the budding artist I was back then meets the evolved artist I’ve become.
Continuing a long-standing tradition to benefit the Everglades Literacy Program, J.McLaughlin has partnered with The Everglades Foundation for a Capsule Collection inspired by the River of Grass and many of the causes at the core of its mission.
Located in one of the most diverse and dynamic business centers in the world, the University of Miami’s Herbert Business School offers unparalleled opportunities to learn, engage and grow. The graduates are thought-leaders who transform business, scholarship and lives. To honor them, Brickell Magazine and the school have partnered to showcase the annual “Go-Getters,” an honor spotlighting recent grads, their successes, hopes and dreams.