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Psychological Self-Portrait


Psychological self-portrait, charcoal on 22×30″ Rives rag paper.

Flowers: my love of aesthetic beauty and color
Books: my imagination, love of fantasy, and stubborn belief in magic
Portrait of my mom: losing my mom at an early age has shaped me more than anything else, in both good and bad ways
She-ra’s tiara: my inner strength, courage, and feminist ideals
Medicine bottles: my vulnerability and need for help, however strong I may be on the outside; the internalizing of my grief and fears have created ongoing mild depression and moderate anxiety, contributing to my frequent migraines
Shoes: my constant struggle to overcome physical limitations

The restful scene: for the first time in a long time, everything feels moderately calm and under control; also, taking rest in my faith (“Be still and know that I am God.”)