This holiday greeting was created with love, courage, one of the world’s biggest hearts, and a man’s mouth. In other words, it was created by our beloved Jared Dunten. Jared paints holding the brush in his mouth. He was paralyzed from the neck down in a diving accident on the Rio Grande when he was starting out as a young copywriter. Our founding partners and the entire GSD&M family rallied to help Jared keep working and moving forward. Today, his work hangs in concert halls, universities, galleries, and private collections and he still finds time to help us write ads. He lives just outside Austin with his wife and two sons. You can find out more about his life and activism here. The most stunning thing about Jared’s work is the moment that brush comes out of his mouth and you see that smile. We wish you those kinds of smiles this holiday season.
Please join us in using Jared’s art as your virtual background for the months of December and January. Click below to download the painting.
GSD&M has made a donation in your name to the following charities below. The Lone Star Paralysis Foundation (LSPF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas. They raise money for paralysis research to support therapy for hundreds of patients. The Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition is a coalition of organizations promoting access to preventive healthcare for all Texas women. The Central Texas Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in Central Texas serving 21 counties. Travis County Brown Santa provides assistance with gifts and food during the holiday season to families and elderly citizens in Travis County primarily living outside the geographic city limits of Austin.