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by Mis Kyrene
(California, USA)



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.

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Sep 30, 2015
by: Anonymous

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Aug 19, 2015
Incredibly Moving
by: Lulu

I found your story incredibly moving and your painting so beautiful. I feel it's torn out of some a fairy tale, perhaps one of the Grimms' Brother's stories which had evil connotations and the poor child escapes into her own fantasies.But actually, of course, I know that it's your story.

I can see you illustrating beautiful books and also hope you will have a successful exhibition with all the paintings you have already racked up. I love every part of your picture. The balance, the reflections in the water, the way you depict the young girl, the birds in flight. The colour. The sky. It's remarkable. I would love to see more of your work.

Apr 08, 2015
Another late developer
by: Christine

I'm so glad you re-discovered your love of art and your obvious talent for it. I too loved it at school but my art teacher could only ever offer criticism, never advice, and I began to believe I had no talent and stopped painting when I was 14. Then at age 62 I discovered online videos about acrylic painting and decided to have a go ... I've never looked back and paint almost every day. It's changed my life.

Jan 01, 2015
Very moving
by: Anonymous

I really connected with this painting. I immediately felt the underlying emotions, & it brought up feelings for me as well, even before reading the back story.
I am happy for your return to art! I ,too, have a similar story, though not violent. I
had won a scholarship to a prestigious art school , but because it was in another state far away from my home , my good intensioned mother would not let me accept it! She was afraid for me to go off to the big scary ( to her ) city. She made me go to a local college! I was a minor. This was devastating to me. Though I continued to create, I felt I'd lost my big chance for years! In my 40s, I became a full time working artist. Although I took art classes in college, I am mostly self taught in many mediums. I decided I would not let anyone else ever limit my opportunities ever again because I make them myself!

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