Visions of Self is an annual show of work from female artists across the world. It’s hosted by the Women’s Voices, Women’s Vision group of Yosemite Sierra Artists. In our second year, we’re featuring over 100 artists from 14 countries, with work including the subjects of self-portraiture, environment, emotions, and state of being.

Million Reasons

Chloe Tatro
Fresno, CA United States
Painting: Acrylic

This piece is part of a series featuring song lyrics turned into abstract art. I had gotten myself out of an incredibly toxic situation and was working hard to break the cycles and energetic patterns that had gotten me into the situation in the first place. That’s exactly what the song “Million Reasons” is about, and it resonated so deeply with my journey. As I worked through the painting, nothing felt right. Nothing I did seemed to work. I began thinking of the life lesson behind it, and maybe what the painting was teaching me was that I could no longer do things the same way if I expected to grow and evolve, as a person, and as an artist. It was time to forge a new way of being, as difficult and uncomfortable as the process was and can be. What you see in the photo is layers upon layers; layers of anger, layers of sadness, layers of passion and desperation. I put everything I had left onto the canvas, millions of little words, feelings and reasons – to leave my old life behind.

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