"I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they're here. If they like their jobs. Or us. And I wonder how smart they were when they were fifteen. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It's like looking at all the students and wondering who's had their heart broken that day, and how they are able to cope with having three quizzes and a book report due on top of that. Or wondering who did the heart breaking. And wondering why." ~ Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
“Heartbroken” 9″ x 12″ Pan pastels and Faber Castell pastel pencils on Canson Mi-Teintes paper.
High school years are difficult for some teens. So much change to deal with and not that much confidence to navigate all the twists and turns and challenges that are thrown at them.
Sure there are guidance counsellors and teachers, and certainly there are friends and parents.
Still so many teens face their fears for the future, their doubts in themselves all on their own thinking that they are alone with these feelings.
The portrait “Heartbroken” attempts to show the young girl who lacks self-confidence. She withdraws a little more each day until someone reaches out and listens to her.
Then and only then might she begin to flourish.