UPDATED WITH NEWER VERSION OF THE PAINTING in Feb 2011
A human being, torn in multiple directions, struggles but is unable to break free! To me this is a visual representation of how I felt the greater portion of my early adult life: caught in a subtext of hormonal machenations, fighting overwhelming emotions. It's inspired by the mood swings of my youth... So much of what we are is about brain chemistry and DNA. Studies of identical twins separated at birth are quite bewildering. Some marry women with the same first name and buy the same style of eyeglasses. Yet nurture and experience alter the brain as well, alter our paths. The brain, once thought immutable rewires itself, its chemistry can change. So much is still unknown... This is an oil painting on canvas board. It was begun around 1990 and finished late last year.