Self Portrait

"Self Portrait" - 14x18 in. Acrylic on Canvas

In October 2018, it was discovered that I had breast cancer.
Everything happened so fast. It was as if I had been tossed into a tornado and my life was changed forever.
I decided to face things head-on and took action through surgery in November 2018.
The road of recovery has been a long one and while I was forced to spend much of my time resting, the need to paint continued to grow until I just rest any longer.
This painting began as a way to just deal with all of the emotions I was experiencing. Some days were tougher than others, not just physically, but also emotionally and mentally. I did my best to stay strong and take things one step at a time. On a particularly hard day, I picked up the paint brush and began putting lines down as a way to just get away from reality.
The painting took over me – growing from a few simple lines into a portrait that captured my distress and confusion that I was experiencing at the time but maintained my sense of humor.
Painting is what keeps my soul alive and fed. No matter what life throws at me, I have the power to express myself and deal with it through the power of creation.
Today and for all days ahead, this piece will be a reminder of what I faced and overcame.
It’s a celebration!

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