The image for this painting came to me when I saw those carved masks in, of all places, T.J. Maxx. I knew I had to have them for Shame! It took me a long nine years before I got this painting completed! The image was technically very difficult to paint, and it brought up so many memories and old episodes of the shame in me, it was hard to look at it. I wanted parts of Shame to echo part of Fear and Anger, so I used the same table with open drawers, and similar colors and the swirl of red.
One of my missions is to try to create a beautiful image on the canvas using time honored methods of composition artists have used for centuries and when one of my friends or associates says “isn’t that beautiful!” I know I have succeeded in my mission. But more than that I wanted to capture the chaos, the conflict and confusion that shame brings on, the endless cycle of the shamee becoming the next shamer with the “boxes” that both are trapped within.