Acceptance, from Un-photo-shopped Series, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 60″ x 60″
Whenever Frida Kahlo was asked why she painted so many self-portraits she would simply reply “because I am the person I know best”. With that in mind I painted this self-portrait in the hopes of getting to know myself a little better. It was important to me that the energy and the mark-making in the paint was a truthful representation of who I am. I felt both physically and emotionally connected to the canvas as I worked and I let this connection dictate the colors I used and how it was applied. The title of the piece is Acceptance, and that title was chosen before the canvas was even primed. I challenged myself to accept Connie for who she is and where she is in her life, right here, right now, flaws and all – and to paint that in a way that others would understand. I don’t really like having my picture taken….so I thought 25 square feet of my face was a perfect way for me to be confronted by me.
It was a wonderful, emotional, and transforming experience, one that I will treasure.