“Strength in Pain” or “Self Portrait”

This is a watercolor/pastel painting that I created about 6 or 7 years ago. It was originally drawn as my self portrait, kind of a look at myself from the inside. At the time, I felt as though I was separating into two different people- the “happy” me was escaping, while the “other” me was sinking to the bottom.

Whenever someone would ask me about this painting, I would always reply with “Well, what do you see?”. Very few people knew that it was actually my self portrait; it was just too personal and too painful to explain. I’m sharing it now because I don’t want to be that empty little person stuck to the bottom of the page- it’s time to rejoin that other side of myself. Hopefully someday soon, I’ll be able to share a new self portrait.

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