Through personal experience I have been unable to ignore the separation of humankind through pain. When I was 11 years old my father went to prison with a 16 years sentence. I grew up in a home where our mother abused my siblings and me until the state removed my siblings from her permanently after my brother and I had already moved out early. I recognized my parents’ pain and their parents also. I tried hiding my pain and separation behind anger, which only caused more pain. I ended up in juvenile detention at age 14 as a result of my own bad choices. Eventually I realized that I had the power through my choices to allow the pain in my life to continue its vicious cycle, or to help me grow into the beautiful person that I am. My artwork is part of my gift of healing, and I intend to turn monsters into teachers as I am more deeply rooted in the present moment revealing deeper dimensions like a blooming flower.