This lady has suffered, but her haunting look is rescued by her determination and the wisdom in her eyes. Despite her hardships, she now fights back for the sake of her children, reclaiming her life and her dignity. Her hopes and dreams have carried her through.
‘Help me, for I am being persecuted without cause.’
Psalm 119:85-87
Since painting her portrait I have heard her story and it would make you cry. But she has wept more.
Mixed Media, Acrylics, paste, charcoal and gesso on canvas.


  • Laura J. Holman
    Laura J. Holmanover 4 years ago


  • Laura, Thankyou so much.

    – RodneyCleasby

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 4 years ago

    September 30th, 2010
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  • Mary, you are a gem.

    – RodneyCleasby

  • Mick Kupresanin
    Mick Kupresaninover 4 years ago

    This is an amazing image…you captured her beautifully. I would be greatful if you told us her story. I can almost feel her story just looking into her eyes. Thank you for painting her and sharing.

  • Hi Mick, thanks for your comments. Her story is very distressing and could also be controversial if taken out of context. I’m not sure if this is the right forum to make her story public. Thanks for asking. Rod.

    – RodneyCleasby

  • Ellen Keagy
    Ellen Keagyover 4 years ago

    Very nice!

  • Thanks Ellen.

    – RodneyCleasby

  • Kostas Koutsoukanidis
    Kostas Koutsou...over 4 years ago

    Fantastic piece. Very beautiful look and expression.

  • Hey, thanks Kostas.

    – RodneyCleasby

  • Duckydaddles
    Duckydaddlesover 4 years ago

    She tells a story. Great work.

  • Thanks Ducks, and I love your monthly comps.

    – RodneyCleasby

  • Karen Townsend
    Karen Townsendover 4 years ago

    Brilliant work :o)

  • Wow Karen, thats amazing !

    – RodneyCleasby

  • Heidi Erisman
    Heidi Erismanover 4 years ago

    Beautifully gripping. Masterful painting technique.

  • Hi Heidi, Thanks for your encouragement.

    – RodneyCleasby

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenover 3 years ago

  • Wow, thanks Karen, its an honor.

    – RodneyCleasby

  • luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast
    luvapples down...over 3 years ago

    Beautifully painted, wonderful soft color.

  • Thank you luvapples …

    – RodneyCleasby

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