by Litzy Rea Valdez, Council District 1
Acrylic on canvas, 2018
Courtesy of the Artist
As a girl raised in fortified silence, finding solace in imagination keeps our souls alive. In this otherworldly portrait, the stylized flowers dance to the rhythm of this child's boundless imagination. We are what we make others see.
As most portraits come to be, this one was inspired by a particular person in a set time and place. This girl’s fierceness in the face of scrutiny struck a chord with me and inspired me to bring brush to canvas. From there, the painting took a life of its own with its blazing colors and flowering symbolism. Finding solace in imagination keeps our souls alive. Much as this girl has inspired us all to do, to transform our view in this plain space and make it our own.