I painted “Perseverance of Wanda” in 2015. This painting is a portrait of a sweet labrador retriever named Wanda.
The size of this colorful dog painting is 20 inches by 24 inches by 1.5 inches, and the medium is acrylic on canvas. The style is visionary impressionism.
The painting is signed on the front, and it comes with a certificate of authenticity. It is framed in a black wood floating frame.
This painting is as much about sweet doggie Wanda as it is about the challenges I had to overcome when creating it. I added the word perseverance to the title because I painted the majority of this piece with my left hand (which is my nondominant hand).
I don’t share about my health issues too often; I prefer to focus on the positives rather than the negatives of life. But I have an autoimmune disorder and another condition called hypermobility syndrome that causes me to be predisposed to arthritis and tendinitis in my joints. I’ve struggled with arthritis in my hands and wrists, and tendinitis in my wrists for nearly a decade.
About two weeks ago, right when I was beginning to paint Wanda, I started experiencing pain in my right bicep near the elbow. As it turns out, my doctor says I have tendinitis in yet another joint.
The diagnosis was disheartening. I shed a few tears as I imagined myself not being able to paint anymore, my dreams slipping away. Then the resilient (and slightly obstinate) part of myself kicked in. This part of myself always emerges when people say I can’t do something or when my body says I can’t do something. It’s like this part of my personality knows that I can – and I will.
And so, that’s what happened with this latest diagnosis. After a few days of being bummed, I came to the determined realization that I was going to have to become ambidextrous with painting. And this laid the foundation for “Perseverance of Wanda”.
Gallery wrapped canvas, acrylic paint