Another painting that is nearly a decade old. I’ve learned that my process involves a willingness to start with a vision that often appears blurry or distorted and loosely sketch it out, then I step back until I am guided to put the medium to the material again, and this process continues until I feel the work is complete. It is a gradual evolution of idea and image that ultimately reveals itself to me and through me. This painting is an opportunity for me to see myself as I am. The black and white textured chaos of legible and illegible words is matched by a black and white depiction of myself. The texture manifests itself as scarring on my skin alluding to the harshness I experience as I sit amongst the black and white chaos of the world. The brightly colored harmony of spirit seeps into my hair and skin both healing and rejuvenating my sense of being. It appears that I am embedded in both worlds. The Hawk, Bison, and Snake all carry specific messages that guide and protect me as I find balance amongst the chaos. The bright yellow sun is symbolic of power and illuminates the unseen for cleansing. In this space I am present and at peace.