Self Portrait (Despair)

Acrylic on Canvas
30″ x 40″

This artwork was the first painting I did after my grandparents died. I was well into the depths of depression and hopelessness, and with treatment failing me, I decided to paint. I didn’t expect anything when I began this work, I’d never attempted such a large canvas before and hadn’t painted in a long time, but to my surprise, I actually liked the results. This painting is important to me because it’s the work that made me think “maybe I can do this”. I completed it in early 2016, and then started the Master of Art course mid-year.