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A Garden Enclosed is My Sister
Oil on Canvas
30 x 40"

This piece is inspired by a dear painting friend of mine. She used to paint exquisite portraits, mostly nudes often surrounded by nature scenes. Two years ago she went missing. Searching through my files for images of her to create search posters, I stumbled upon a whimsical photoshoot that we had done together years ago.

This image stood out to me in particualar, and I spent a hours staring at it wondering where she could be and what she was thinking. After 10 days we recovered her. She had gone into the wilderness with the intent of fasting for 40 days and 40 nights to 'cure herself' of an eating disorder.

This image reminds me of her internal beauty, her dreamy perfection, and the youth that we shared once upon a time