Style1½ inches thick (3.75 cm) Product Details Artist grade canvas, archival inks, wooden stretcher bars, and UVB protective coating
AvailablityUsually ships within five business days. ArtistJaeda DeWalt Platinum Member CollectionEnchanted
Description Originally this was intended to be a g-rated version of the image, Emotional Rain . As i began to work on it, i realized what it wanted to be, needed to be, was an extension of the image, Emotional Rain, where it could serve as a companion creation.
Family issues have stirred the ghosts of pain that haunt my soul. When i looked at this image, i saw it in a new light, reborn. Faces of pain, tirelessly treading in dark murky waters to keep from sinking into a sea of sadness. I dont see pain as something to run away from or avoid. Pain is something i seek to move through, as i reach for the lesson being offered, that i may learn from it, strengthen, grow and evolve.
I draped my face with the gray-scale version of a Seattle sunrise i photographed Christmas weekend, through my bedroom window, because when i move through my pain, it clears the path for a new dawn, a new day. It is in this moment that i can feel the sun rising on the horizon of my soul.
The color version of the sunrise was beautiful but i felt it important to keep this image black and white.
About Me: I am a self-taught taught artist that discovered my passion of photography, back in 1995, while writing my first book, Haunting Hands. A book initially intended to be a collection of poems i had written about surviving a difficult childhood. I decided it would feel more personal if i created the cover for the book myself. Shortly thereafter, i purchased a camera and turned my living room into a makeshift studio. I did a series of self-portraits and then another and another. The process of creating and putting myself in front of the camera felt cathartic, liberating and healing. The photographic medium opened up a new world to me and ignited a kind of passion within that i didn’t even know i was capable of experiencing. My book transformed into a, survivor-orientated, photographic essay and that started me down the path to becoming a photographic artist.
ANSWER TO THE MOST FAQ EVER: Are your self-portraits, self-portraits? YES! I don't consider a self-portrait to be TRULY a self-portrait unless i take the picture of myself, by myself. It's not easy to chase oneself around with the camera, LOL. But that's what i do. I use a digital camera, utilizing the self-timer mode. Sometimes i get the shot i want on the first shot or first few frames and other times it takes me 100s of pictures to get the shot i want.
WHY do you create? . . . because imagery, poetry and words can offer us a feeling, an experience and the magical gift of transport. I want my imagery to give people a way to express themselves, to offer them a moment of magic and wonder, I want to ignite the imagination, emotions and give people a sense of connection. Learn more about my creative process via the Q & A page of my website: http://www.redbubble.com/people/jaedadewalt/journal/694520-q-and-a-with-jaeda.
BRIEF BIO: I have produced cover art for books, playbills, collective fine art books and have had my work exhibited in New York, including the Hofstra Museum. In 2009 i published, Shades of the Soul an artography book featuring my art and poetry. You can preview my book, here: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/625673