Deep Desire (2014)
Oil painting by Shelby McQuilkin


  • Oil painting, Canvas
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 30 × 30 × 1.5 in (unframed)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed on the front

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Shelby McQuilkin

United States

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Everyone has a deep desire hidden within. A desire to be loved unconditionally, to be someone important, to do something great, or maybe it’s to experience something wonderful. We have these longings that we wish for…hope for… but, what do we do about them? Do we sit and wait for our deep desires to come to us? I use to think so. Someday my prince will come, someday I’m going to be an artist, someday I’m going to travel the world…someday.

Waiting and hoping won’t get us one step closer to seeing our desires manifest. At some point, we have to start moving towards the thing we long for. If you want to be an artist, you have to start creating art, taking classes, throwing paint on a canvas. If you have a novel in you, you have to sit down and start writing. Action is the key word.

When I turned 40 I had a major midlife crisis and I realized there were so many things that I had planned to do that I hadn’t done. Life was passing by so quickly and I had to ask the question: When am I going to start living?

I started moving towards my desires and with the help of a wonderful life coach. I started seeing ways in which I could start making reality of what I had only dreamed of. She opened my heart and mind to possibilities and opportunities that I would have missed without her. Why, because I was just waiting for something to happen to me instead of reaching out for what could be mine.

If you have something you want desperately, take courage, no matter what stage of life you’re in. Open your heart and mind to the opportunities and start moving (even in small ways) towards your dream. Soon, you’ll find yourself living a whole new life!

Oil on 1.5" gallery wrapped canvas with sides painted black for a finished look. A frame is not required.

Materials used:

Oil on canvas