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Guts & Courage Collection

Explore the interior of the mentally sick and lonely mind in an abstract-like representation. This series of works was inspired by my bipolar diagnosis in the spring of 2023 and the people I met in the hospital who struggled with mental illness like me. I used black, white, and saquine to create this collection. These portraits and figures are of patients I met in the hospital, and I completed this collection in 30 days.

"Struggling with mental illness is weakening. But with Guts & Courage, recovery is possible." ~ Carmen VERDI

Look Away

Look Away

Pastel & charcoal 7.25" x 8.75" Available $ 315.00 "If I look away, they can't see me."

Holding On

Holding On

Pastel & charcoal 7.5" 8.75" Available $ 325.00 "I'm near the end and it's getting harder to hold on."

Blinded By My Thoughts

Blinded By My Thoughts

Pastel & charcoal 8" x 6.25" Available $ 250.00 "My thoughts are stronger than my eyes."

Compassion Of A Man

Compassion Of A Man

Pastel & charcoal 9" x 9.5" Personal collection "If it wasn't for you, I might be dead!"

Ready To Snap

Ready To Snap

Pastel & charcoal 6" x 6" Available $ 180.00 "There's that feeling inside that I can't control, the one that snaps."

Alone

Alone

Pastel & charcoal 8.5" x 6" Sold "No one can hear me screaming for help, I'm all alone."

DOC

DOC

Pastel & charcoal 8" x 8.5" Framed Available NFS "A friend til the end."

Hidden Identity

Hidden Identity

Pastel & charcoal 9" x 7" Available $ 315.00 "They don't want me to be like me, so I hide."

Struggle

Struggle

Pastel & charcoal 8" x 8.5" Framed Available $ 340.00 "I'm beginning to tire. I've been struggling for too long."

Brain Malfunction

Brain Malfunction

Pastel & charcoal 8.5" x 7" Available $ 295.00 "I wouldn't have done that if something wasn't broken in my brain."

An Unsure Moment

An Unsure Moment

Pastel & charcoal 8.5" x 6.25" Available $ 265.00 "A moment like this could be my last."

Just Like Me

Just Like Me

Pastel & charcoal 7.75" x 9.25" Available $ 180.00 "I understand her struggles. She's just like me."

Scribbled Thoughts

Scribbled Thoughts

Pastel & charcoal 7.5" x 6.5" Available $ 125.00 "My thoughts don't come out right; they're all scribbled."

Trapped

Trapped

Pastel & charcoal 6" x 7" Available $ 125.00 "The outside has me trapped in my head and I can't get out!"

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