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Light Shines in the Darkness Painting

Leonie Brown

South Africa

Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 59.1 W x 47.2 H x 1.6 D in

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For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come to light. Art Lovers Insights: A lot of bad things have happened in my life. Life has not been easy. We can choose to stay in the dark and hide from the truth. Or, I can choose to accept that I also had a role to play in the drama of my life. Sometimes we are ashamed of what others have done to us. We take responsibility for ourselves and start hating and blaming ourselves. We get scared that people will despise us. For many years I thought I was “damaged goods”. The shame of what happened was mine alone. But, that is not true! True strength lies in accepting my responsibility in being truthful, honest and vulnerable. Truth is seeking the light, searching for a glimpse of the water. The truth is that darkness does not overcome the light, but the light shines brightest when it is dark. The coffee in my cup has gone cold, but the heat emanating from my hands is enough to trick my mind into thinking that it’s still hot enough to drink. It’s the sheer intensity of the story that causes my palms to feel hot and sweaty. Leonie continues at a pace that leaves me no time to come to terms with her thinking that she was to blame for the death of her stillborn. “I managed to make matric, I managed to get away from this guy, finally. But even through Varsity (University), it was the same pattern,” Leonie puts her cup down. “Psychologically, your brain is amazing. You just shut down. I just decided that this didn’t happen to me. But your soul, your spirit. It’s all there. It’s like a big storm inside of you. So I did well at Art in Varsity, but nobody knew what to do with me, because I was unteachable. I didn’t trust anybody. I mean how? Especially me. How do you trust a man?” I nod in agreement, hoping that it comes across in an empathetic way, rather than sympathetic – not in my entire life could I ever feel what she felt. Read more:

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:59.1 W x 47.2 H x 1.6 D in

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Are you looking for a piece of artwork that will make you feel something? Leonie.e.Brown is an award-winning artist who creates paintings that blur the boundary between the physical and spiritual dream world. Her art meets the eye and evokes emotion through the expression and skilful application of the medium and message. Her paintings are like windows into another world, and she wants to share these worlds with you. That’s why she sells her paintings online at an affordable price. So that everyone can enjoy her art and feel its power. If you want to buy a piece of artwork that will make you feel something, then visit Leonie.e.Brown’s website and buy one of her paintings today. IT'S ALL ABOUT MY STORY I am an Award-Winning Artist & Teacher and the founding owner of Lifeart School & Academy. I am also a professional and international selling artist and passionate about the role of the artist as a bringer of hope and life to the community. ‘I’m interested in relationships between emotion, colour, and symbolic images. I’m interested in expressing basic human emotions – tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and turning that into a moment of hope.’ I aim to make thoughtfully created visual art that tells my and your story. To speak to the abused, the down-trodden, the hopeless, the lost, the lonely, the shamed, the orphan and the abandoned. Like every other artist, I initially threw my anger and hopelessness onto the canvas. Whilst suffering from PTSD and Anorexia I managed to finish my degree in Fine Arts and won a few national awards at the same time. I lived in constant depression, fighting for every moment of my life. My seeking for reason and understanding drove me into very different beliefs and religions. I found my healing in God and this drove me to my Artist Statement. THE WHY AND THE WHAT My work is a symbolic and fantasized reality of the soul. Each painting gets designed and developed with a specific message in mind. The message is meant to make the viewer think and question their deepest fears and belief systems. I’m interested in the relationship between emotion, colour, and symbolic imagery. Specifically related to the spiritual significance of landscapes and animals. I want to express the basic human emotions – tragedy, ecstasy, doom, fear, angst and turn that into a moment of possibility. Each painting moves your thoughts and emotions and evokes and re-create a specific time or incident.

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