• Hannah Kaplan

Introducing: Painting of the Week

The Public Gardens⁠

11x14" on canvas⁠



I've been thinking about how I have a bunch of paintings available that I've never taken the time to highlight and talk about what they mean to me. ⁠ That's why I've decided that every week I'm going to feature a different painting that's available. Some might even be on sale, so keep your eyes peeled!

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ANYWAY, onto this week's painting! ⁠ ⁠ It's probably one of the prettiest paintings I've ever made, and that's why I named it after one of the prettiest places I know, the public gardens in Halifax, NS. Some of you know that I spent two years living in Halifax when I was 17. It was a really hard time for me. I'd had undiagnosed depression for as long as I could remember, and I think I maybe got a diagnosis at 16? or was it 18? I felt messed up. I was equal parts numb and emotional, always looking to other people to give me what I couldn't give myself. Love, care, attention. I was like a leech trying to find someone to attach myself that I could feed off of, because I was starving. Shockingly, that didn't work out.

After two years I moved back to Toronto, started art school, and eventually found a wonderful therapist, figured out medication that worked for me, and began my journey to becoming who I am today.

I feel for that girl, 17 years old and terrified and so painfully lonely. I wish I could give her a big hug and let her know that she will find her way!⁠

What would you tell your younger self if you could meet them today?⁠

xo, Hannah

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