Beauty lies in the simplicity and innocence of childhood. The imagination of
a child has no limitations, no boundaries. As we grow up, the simplicity of
living and our "magical thinking" slowly fades and life becomes much more
complex as we face the challenges of making the transition into adulthood.
Our childhood experiences play a vital role in shaping our personalities and
behaviors. We develop characteristics throughout our childhood that affects
our esteem and decision making as adults. There is a piece of our childhood
that remains with us throughout our entire lives.
This series displays the innocent imagination and mind of a child and the
complex decision making and realities of becoming an adult. The colorful line
drawings that extend from the paintings on to the wall are enlarged replicas of
portraits I created as a young child. Their overwhelming presence is reflective
of the carefree nature and extensive imagination of a child. The black and white
portraits reflect the realities of growing up and the complexities of becoming
an adult. The line drawing and the painting work together to display the
contrast and connection between childhood and adulthood.