by Mis Kyrene
I started painting when I was very young and my grade school
teacher noticed a talent which she urged my parents (then under the same roof) to nurture.
Unfortunately I grew up in a violent home so at 7, when my teacher saw me the following morning, she couldn't look me in the eye, knowing that her eager, well-intentioned suggestion to enroll me in a public school for the arts resulted in me getting beaten.
I learned to fear art, equating it with failure as I was brainwashed to believe. I only just started painting on the first of this year and now have 38 paintings under my belt.
This one, "Dreamflight" is among my favorites, not just in technique but in the imagery. There is so much emotion in this and a balance of darkness and hope, good and evil. Yes, that is me on the swing, roughly age 9.