By making this gesture of painting Joel’s portrait I am sending love out into a world which desperately needs it and of course to the family of Joel Rayon Paniagua who experienced this horrific trauma and loss. I hope I was able to capture some essence of his personality and that this portrait capturing him at a particular moment in his life will give Joel’s family something to remember him by.
Erin Dixon is a Lecturer of Drawing and Painting at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from Georgia State University and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. She was born in Grand Bassa County, Liberia, grew up in Middlebury, Connecticut and Penang, Malaysia, and has lived in Seattle, Washington and Atlanta, Georgia. Dixon currently lives in Carrollton, creating mixed media works on paper and oil paintings which attempt to capture the constantly fluctuating nature of memories, both personal and collective.1