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Separation Anxiety No. 3 by Chantel Smith

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My artwork is based on personal childhood experience, exploring the concept of divorce and separation. It depicts the emotions associated with divorce and separation and the negative impact it has on a child. My technique of layering of washes and colleges adds to the idea of the gamut of emotions. I have used oil sticks, charcoal, progresso and chalks, working heavily with them in areas of my work. Where as I have left other areas open and unfinished to emphasize the rawness of emotions. I have been strongly influenced by Cherry Hood and this reflects in areas of my art making practice.

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mixedmedia, portraiture


  • SeanOlio
    SeanOlioabout 6 years ago

    This is a very powerful image. I have just sat here looking at it for a while, and am compelled to add it to my favourites. It’s just fantastic. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • melodious
    melodiousabout 6 years ago


  • sadeyedartist
    sadeyedartistabout 6 years ago

    This is a really powerful piece. I love the conjuntion of technical/realistic painting with those abstract textures and markings. Its like I can feel what’s in that boy’s head.

  • Priscilla Rodriguez
    Priscilla Rodr...about 6 years ago

    Wow!great portrait..

  • scottimages
    scottimagesabout 6 years ago

    I love this one Chantel…. the pain & anguish is right there for all to see….
    a very evocative image.

  • Lena's Creations
    Lena's Creationsabout 6 years ago

    absolutely fantastic!!! you certainly know how to capture people well…

  • lilylive
    lilyliveabout 6 years ago

    i think i felt like this when my parents told me they were splitting up — great capture of anxiety too..

  • jgmart
    jgmartabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful image – very powerful and creative

  • rosamd
    rosamdabout 6 years ago

    this is brilliant work!!! love it!:)

  • Dan Elbourne
    Dan Elbourneabout 6 years ago

    i love this. i sense desolation and emptiness in his face. you are very good at capturing emotion in your artwork :)

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