Category: the blues

And when life turned her blue, she brushed herself against the raw canvas and painted the most beautiful indanthrone night with the stain of her melancholy.

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In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, I wanted to share something beneath the paint. On the floor and perhaps a bit obscured by what surrounds it is a self-portrait. It’s a self-portrait of depression. What may appear as just a solid black color field is actually a deep blue. It has a shimmer when the light hits it just right. Most people will just see black though and not take a closer look. It also has textures or “scars” that influenced how it came to this state and what it will become. It wasn’t always blue. It wasn’t always like this. Days before it was a bright yellow with ochre and sky blue accents…but something didn’t feel quite right. Something was off. Sometimes things are just off and a wave of blue crashes over us, leaving us in an Indanthrone haze with a hint of Payne’s Grey. It doesn’t have to last forever, but it may not change today, or tomorrow, or next week. Sometimes it is only by allowing ourselves to feel that blue, in acknowledging it, that we are able to deal with it and work through it. That blue is a part our story and we shouldn’t have to hide it. At the same time, only you can change your blue. Only you can add the other colors of the palette and shape your colorful composition. There is a plan for this blue, for this this self-portrait. Things may not play out as planned. They certainly didn’t start out as planned because this wasn’t the original vision. This is where things are though, a blue base, and only you can choose how you respond to your circumstances and how you will move forward. This is a self-portrait of depression. It may be a reflection of you or it may be someone you know. It is often me and it is my self-portrait. It is my current work in progress.

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Featured: Blutiful

“Blutiful” was one of the first paintings of my Summer 2012 artist residency. Inspired by a conversation with a homeless man I met named Blue, it is a reminder that beauty can be found in even the most difficult times and the most unlikely of places. In times of darkness, make life “Blutiful.”

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I really need your help! I went all in on this dream and need your support and referrals to help get off the ground.

Featured: Blutiful

“Blutiful” was one of the first paintings of my Summer 2012 artist residency. Inspired by a conversation with a homeless man I met named Blue, it is a reminder that beauty can be found in even the most difficult times and the most unlikely of places. In times of darkness, make life “Blutiful.”

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“The Up-Side of Down” was inspired by a 2009 assault and battery that hospitalized me with multiple facial fractures, severe eye trauma, and a concussion. My signature icon, which I saw flashing in my head during my concussive state, is a key repeating element in this series that represents life growing from death and discovering the positives in negatives.

Featured: You Can’t Save Me From Myself. Acrylic on panel. 30in x 48in. We are often waiting for a hero to come and save us from our lives but the truth is, in all likelihood, nobody is coming to save you. You must learn to become your own hero. You must learn to become whole on your own because you are the only person that can truly save you. Nobody else can save you from yourself.

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“The Up-Side of Down” was inspired by a 2009 assault and battery that hospitalized me with multiple facial fractures, severe eye trauma, and a concussion. My signature icon, which I saw flashing in my head during my concussive state, is a key repeating element in this series that represents life growing from death and discovering the positives in negatives.

Featured: I Will Never Let You Love Me (Because I Could Never Love Myself). Acrylic on panel. 72in x 24in. 2010. One of my older and darker (yet brighter) pieces that reflects upon concepts of love and, specifically, self love.
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