The Story Behind The Painting

Free To Be Me


“Free To Be Me” is a painting I did in response to a period in my life when I was really struggling to be myself. At the time I was going through a lot of inner turmoil-not liking where I was living, and feeling like a misfit among the people around me. The message of this piece is that even in adverse environments and experiences, we must be authentic. It is not our job to make people like us. I think that can cause more misery than being alone.


This original painting sold several years ago, but it happens to be one of my most popular reproduction prints. It will always be one of my favorites as well, because it represents a breakthrough for me, not just artistically, but personally as well.


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