I strongly believe that what lies inside of us is far greater/more powerful than what lies ahead of us or behind us. This is the theme of this painting. When we have courage and determination, sky is the limit as to what we can achieve. Struggles, failures and disappointments are a normal part of life. What is important is the determination to overcome all obstacles, to have inner strength and courage to keep fighting against all odds and have a strong resolve to succeed.
This work has been inspired by the struggles of many foreign students; some I studied with and others I got to know through friends. The challenges that face foreign students are enormous. Many foreign students do not come because their parents are rich and can afford to send them to a university in Canada. They come because they are determined to build a better future for themselves. As I got to know them, I realized how much they have to struggle in order to complete their education in Canada.
Indeed, this is not just a story of their struggle. It is also the story of my life, your life and that of all the Joes or Jills unknowns. I have recently graduated with a Bachelor's degree in visual arts from Université de Moncton. I have acquired other degrees including a Masters degree but this by far has been the most difficult of the degrees to obtain, given that I knew very little French when I began my studies at UdeM. Clearly, life does hurl huge challenges and it's only through sheer determination, inner strength and courage that we can surmount them.
Medium: Lino cut on Lenox acid free paper
Image size: 12"x12", Paper size: 15"X15.75", Framed: 20"X20"
This black and white print is a part of the series, "Lessons Learned from Six-year Olds". Each piece is hand-printed by the artist. A portion of the money from the sale of this print is donated to mental health.
Knowing where one wants to go, setting the goal and focusing on it are important in order to succeed. If one can eliminate distractions and stay focused on a single goal, success is not hard to attain. Sometimes it takes a young six-year old to remind us of this. It is based on a true story.
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