This painting was inspired by a drawing, "In Denial" , I did soon after receiving a diagnosis for a rare and chronic intestinal disorder. I did not want to admit or accept that instead of suffering from something that could just be fixed, I had to deal with this for the rest of my life. This was not the answer I was searching for. In this updated version, I replaced the annonymous figure with my first attempt at a self portrait. The hand coming from my gut is forcing me to look away from the ideal, life on a Carribean island, into my reality. The veiw from my window. It also includes an "image" of the diseased me looking as if to say, "It's about time you recognized me!". The ribbon through the hair that turns into blood as it is squeezed...
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I am a self taught artist who began Musickscapes "the landscapes of my mind" in 1993 as a way to deal with issues involving medical negligence and chronic pain.
Picking up a pen, I ignored all that I had been taught about creating art and began to draw my barest emotions. I used shapes combined with colors to describe the turmoil I could find no words for. The impact of what I had created was a powerful view into this devastating time in my life. Drawing became my lifeline to sanity, a way to deal with powerful, and overwhelming feelings. These works became a source of comfort,...
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