This painting was such a struggle for me, physically and emotionally and on reflection it is fitting that it was.
This is for a paediatric therapy and learning centre: it is to convey hope.
When people see this they will not see how much pain I was in when I did it. They will not see how I struggled as to how to achieve it, how to get the complexity and depth, how to covey the image that was given to me. They will not see how I struggled with self doubt and how much I wanted it to work out.
Just as when you see the kids who go for these physical therapies. We do not see the struggles they face. We do not see how hard they fight, sometimes daily. How much they have to deal with, each with varying degrees of difficulties and how much harder they have to try.
What you do see is the beauty that has resulted from the struggle. It was worth it.
I hope for the kids who attend their therapies that they can also see hope, hope that the struggle is worth it. That great things can be accomplished with great effort, even when others are unaware of the battle.
1.2 x 1.8m