Featured Pain Art: “Struggles”

Featured Pain Art: “Struggles”

"Struggles" acrylic painting 28 inches long x 28 inches wide

acrylic painting
28 inches long x 28 inches wide

I left this piece unfinished to speak of the struggles I face with trying to learn to live with rheumatoid arthritis and with trying to continue making art.

RA has affected my hands so holding a paintbrush has become difficult so I’ve started painting with my fingers. I’ve used this as a way to incorporate my experience with this disease into my work.

My technique is not the only thing I use.

The shoes represent the idea that you can’t tell what a person is going through unless you walk in their shoes. I may look healthy on the outside but if you were to look inside you would see the war that my immune system has waged against my body.

This art a courtesy of PainExhibit.org, an online educational, visual arts exhibit from artists with chronic pain who use art to express some facet of the pain experience.

The Pain Exhibit’s mission is to educate healthcare providers and the public about chronic pain through art, and to give voice to the many who suffer in silence.

Pain Exhibit recently launched its new Spanish language website at PainExhibit.org/es.

Authored by: Dawnique Savala

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Dennis Kinch

I love this piece a lot. A great mix of realism and symbolism. The colors represent hope and they are everywhere through out the piece. The use of acrylics is expert and proficient. When I see these shoes I feel like the worn disheveled one, unkempt, untied, yet still hopeful.
…from a fellow RA sufferer who had to go from painting to pastels because of my disease. We painters will never be denied, will we! Keep up the great work!