Acceptance, from Un-photo-shopped Series, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 60″ x 60″

Acceptance 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. photo (26) 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 accepDSCF9843t 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.


2 thoughts on “Acceptance

  1. Loved reading this. It’s so awesome to see the emotion and intent behind a beautiful piece like this. It is much more then a self portrait, you can really see the title of acceptance in the way you painted. Beautifully done!

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