Oil on Canvas
52" x 53"
This work was painted during a period in which I became fixed on my descent into hopelessness. I was veritably convinced that this would be my final painting. I pooled together all of my remaining paints for the purpose of scribbling my epitaph on the canvas in front of me. When I was satisfied with the base colors, I added white to the top of them before they dried providing the piece with the imagery of tears splashing on the surface. In retrospect, when I view the piece today, I am able to perceive an emergence of hope from the miasma of despair that eluded me at the time. It would appear that my subconscious had a greater awareness of self-preservation than my intellect.