Description Before I was incarcerated I had a beautiful garden with columbines, irises of all kinds, and a large assortment of pansies and bedding plants. I saw many butterflies and hummingbirds and I missed the beauty and peace of my home. The contrasting stark rock and bleak fences with razorwire outside the window hurt me to see, along with the guilt and shame I felt made me want to remember a happier time in my life. So, these paintings were therapy of sorts.
Denise LL Member Since June 2010 Artist Statement My years in recovery have been wonderful years. I would not trade who I am today for who I was in my youth.To become who I am has not been without a price. My path has been difficult because like many of us I have required serious lessons for a stubborn will. I have had to experience many of the "yets" that I held onto and that kept me separate and unteachable. I have felt my death, caused great heartache, spent time in prison, lost careers, relationships, and many material things. I have also been given many joys and miracles. I am not unique, but I as others, have been gifted with the ability to put it in visible form-my Art.
I try to express what some of my experience in this life has been. Pain and Joy are universal to all people and I do not have a corner on experience. My hope is that some of what I do touches your experiences and that you too relate to what I paint. And, that both the wonderful and the painful are beautiful.