“Exhaled” is a depiction of a woman whose been involved in an
abusive relationship for a long period of time. She has been
reading a book on dealing with troubled relationships.
Somewhere in this book she saw her relationship and she
realized that the path out of the abuse began with her. She made
the decision to take control of her life and exhaled.
The symbolism throughout the painting speaks to new
beginnings. The dark clouds and rain on the left represent the
storm in her life moving out. The rainbow represents the end of
the storm. The rising sun represents the brighter days that are
ahead. The potato was just a potato until she realized its value
and nourished it, bringing forth new growth, new life; Likewise
she realized her own value, nourished her self worth, creating a
beautiful rebirth. “Evian” water spelled backwards is “Naïve”.
She put a cap on being naïve; definition – showing a lack of
informed judgment. She does not condone physical or verbal
violence, so she decided to cut his picture up, symbolizing the
end of that relationship. The picture of the smiling angel on her
wall indicates that God is pleased with her decision and He’s with
The original oil painting is 54"x 48"