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May 31, 2009
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Recipient by graemeb Recipient by graemeb
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.
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imoutokat Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
She's your daughter? She is beautiful. It's sad that people are made fun of for a condition they have. People who pick on others are just insecure and try to cover up that insecurity by focusing attention on the visible problems of others. But to make fun of someone else is the surest way to silently tell others that you yourself are weak and unstable.
graemeb Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Thank you for your kind words. Yes I am afraid there are a lot of insecure people up here.
imoutokat Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. I used to let people picking on me bother me, but I've learned to ignore it, and people stop doing it so much. And even for those who still make fun of me, that's their own burden, because it doesn't hurt me, but it's just another bad deed weighing down their own conscience. I don't care so much about what people think of me anymore. I just try to be the best me I can be.
j0rosa Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
very well done, lovely :)
graemeb Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
Thanks Jasmin.
Elfin-Grrl Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey G, just featured this stunning piece in my journal
Will email over the weekend :hug:
graemeb Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009
Hi Elfy, thanks for the feature mate, I need more friends like you.
Looking forward to your email I have been chewing over your last one. I have a reply three quarters written but have not sent it yet, I like the idea of a combined show I will contact you soon about it.
Elfin-Grrl Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Looking forward to reading your email G, I'll carve out some time later to reply, and to your Crusties one too, fantastic photos!!
Where has this week gone, phew! Hope yours is going well :heart:
graemeb Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
Some of it can go to hell but most was good.
Buddhalassie Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
What a moving tribute, not only to your child, but to all those people who have suffered in the same way. You do her proud, Graeme, and I fervently wish that as she goes through life she will be comforted and will come to a place of peace within. To hell with the ';peers' - I would like to see how they handled such terrible odds. Thank goodness that she made it through the meningitis, what a dreadful card to draw..such a terrifying illness.
God bless her! And you!
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