I’ve been working on a new digital painting titled “CREATE YOUR OWN HELL.”

I wanted to explore the idea that hell can be created or destroyed with the power of a thought. You can choose to exist in hell and you can imagine yourself as the victim of a terrible existence, or you can choose to focus on the beauty and wonder of life. Many of my recent works are about choosing life over death. Not a literal death. But the tiny deaths we die everyday. The insignificant decisions we make that end up costing us our happiness.

I had this image of an artist painting hell all around him. Surrounding himself with pain and fear and death and sorrow. Surrounding himself with all of the dark and terrible thoughts that haunt him. He could paint puppies and rainbows, but he chooses to paint demons and skeletons and fire and sadness. He has brought hell upon himself. Why?


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