Swept Up In Longing - First Place Female Portrait at TN PPA Print Salon

Chryseis Dawn Patterson


Your humanity in every persuasion is a muse unto itself.  It is through hardships and triumph that your personal walk takes shape.  Acceptance of each step is no easy task, but such an achievement continues to serve as the gateway to your best life.

When we invite the lens into our world, we step outside of our comfort zones and into a vulnerable place. This is no easy task. We humans naturally acclimate to roles that are comfortable to us. To know the self is to know inner darkness, light, and everything in between. To share such depth with another is an act of intimate self-acceptance.  Creative aliveness is no easy task.  Our minds stay positioned to worry about what others think instead of relying on simplicity and stillness.  Self-reflection is an imperative on our path to personal growth and galvanizes our inner compass.

Each day that you bond seminal moments together to create your personal narrative, your power to thrive becomes palpable.  When you sit for a portrait, that narration speaks through your steady gaze and the suppleness of your smile.  Your angled chin carries the energy of resolve and your shoulders strongly hold the weight of your story.  A portrait is more than an artistic representation of your likeness, it is the chronicle of your life.

One moment, at the bottom of a deep breath, and the slight turn of your head sends a message:  yes I can. I am worthy. I am alive.  A portrait reminds you of the persona you carry into the world and that your contributions are not only important, but necessary.

When you sit for the rendering of your likeness, surrender to the moment and allow it to teach you. Love every minute of the art of commemoration and trust the process.  When the moment arrives for you to look yourself in the eyes, may you be proud of the person looking back.

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