Oil on linen 1650mm x 1000mm
This is a painting that has been coming for some time but I had to think it out and get it right.
There is a lot of emotion in this painting.
The subject is our little girl who contracted Meningitis before she was one year old and it has left her profoundly deaf.
At the time she was the youngest ever to receive a Cochlea implant which is a marvellous invention and has taught her to speak very clearly. One of the down sides however is the taunting she has received at the hands of her piers at school.
This has had serious consequences that I will not go into here but I wanted to capture that look of forlornness and defeat of life and the overwhelming feeling to give up the fight to try and fit in to to-days society.
The main portrait is her as I see her. The second is a clinical view of her with the implant and the distant one is her looking back at herself feeling ugly and wishing things were different.
I feel a bit at odds about putting this in here but I painted this as a statement I guess and therefore should be shown.