The Surrounds

The Surrounds

  • 2014
  • Oil on Canvas
  • 460mmmm x 610mmmm

This painting is technically unfinished. It was painted as ‘therapy’ for me as I struggled through some times in my life. It was encouraged by my counsellor at the time, and so I gave it a go. Initially I resisted using my talents to delve into the pain that my mental illness had caused – instead wanting to preserve them for when things were better. But as my counsellor put it, I don’t know whether this may speak to others and be what they need to see, or offer some insight into what is going on for me.

Hopefully through the darkness you can see the sense of overwhelming oppression and depression that the character feels. They are also incredibly alone. There is a sense of walking through a forest, with the trees on either side, and a blinding light that consumes each step forward.

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