A giving person with a quick sense of humor that could make his sister laugh in dark times. Monte Widenhouse worked with children because he had a rough childhood and wanted to make a difference in the lives of “his” kids. He would tend a hurt animal with loving hands and give his last dollar to a needy person. But, Monte was bipolar and fought demons a long, long time. He began to self medicate and eventually his world collapsed. Monte had spent his life reaching out to those in need and prevented many suicides in young adults by using humor to provide hope. When his darkest hour came, his humor had long been drained. On his 35th birthday, March 1st, 1987 Monte ended his life.
This portrait received funding to go home to his family. A copy of Monte's portrait continues to travel with Jessica and the Words Matter exhibit.