“Shortly after the explosion, I painted some portraits of the Deepwater Horizon survivors, survivors’ family members, and family members of those who lost their loved ones. I titled the ongoing series “Survivors” because I believe that all of us, including our families, are survivors of this tragedy on some level or another. Creating these paintings was a therapeutic way for me to deal with the grief of this event. I have never been good with words so this was a way for me to speak to others about what is happening to us. I wanted to show them to you so that you could hopefully see the pain and anger and sadness that we all felt and that we continue to experience daily because of BP’s negligence.”
This is an excerpt from the victim impact statement that I wrote to Judge Sarah Vance as a plea to stop BP from settling their criminal liability before they attend to all of the claims of injured or killed victims. Click here to read my full victim impact statement that includes short descriptions of each painting. She received numerous letters from victims and their families. To our disappointment, Judge Vance ruled against our pleas.
To read more on this ruling, along with other victims’ impact statements: Fuel Fix>>BP admits to causing deaths in spill disaster