John Paul Thornton, known here as johnpaulthornton
, began painting portraits of missing children in 1990, when a young girl he knew was abducted. John Paul was determined to prove that art could deliver an emotional, meaningful message. He has continued on with this series for twenty years, calling it "Missing children: Paintings of Hope." His portraits, now numbering in the hundreds, have been displayed on the National Mall in Washington D.C., on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and in front of the White House.
This new project, Guardian Angels, was started by John Paul and based upon his original vision. When I asked John Paul what was his motivation for starting this new project he said,
"Guardian Angel gives participants from all over the world a chance to connect art with a real social issue: Child Safety.
Instead of an art exhibition at a gallery, Guardian Angel works in reverse, sending artworks out into the world, where they