In my lifetime, I
experienced on several occasions great tension
and distress. The most desperate time I went
trough was shortly after divorce when my
daughter underwent strong emotional problems,
which were to persist for many years. She
struggled with depression, loneliness, suicidal
thoughts, illusions and delusions. She was
fourteen, bright and beautiful. I always enjoyed
taking photographs of her, but this time
straight photographs did not seem sufficiently
descriptive of our tensed relationships. This is
why I started painting on her photographs.
Through painting, these photographs became more
images of the mind. The original private meaning
has changed into a general, universal meaning.
That was the time when I most felt the healing
power of prayer and painting.
oil on photo, 1991
20" x 16"