The courage of Carmen Young
"I don't paint from here (indicating my head)" I say to clients and workshop participants. "I paint from here (hand on heart)."
In other words, I don't overthink any project. Instead, I go in with an open heart and intention to honour the subject by taking the portrait where it needs to go. I don't overthink it, or absorb myself with the story.
I was inspired to find out more, now that the painting is done. If you're from Cape Breton, you probably know Carmen Young's story. If you're not, then click here to read a story from the Cape Breton Star that captures her story and legacy. She was truly a remarkable person, wise and brave beyond her years.