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?