A few years ago, I did a small series of paintings inspired by the lives of those who are homeless. I sold them to donate the proceeds to a homeless shelter. That was not my only intention. I also wanted to help us all (the buyers of these pieces specifically) remember these folks. The life circumstances that lead to homelessness are as touching as the images. I remind myself of that always, and make a point of showing kindness when the opportunity arises.
When I came across this photograph in morguefiles, I had to paint him. This was a quick painting. I tried to keep it spontaneous and heartfelt, and resisted the temptation to over-correct or tighten it up.