The painting was completed during a six-month inpatient stay at the Bethlem Royal Hospital whilst I underwent intensive compassion-focused therapy for Complex PTSD. My therapist inspired the painting when she explained the discovery of the brain’s neuro-plasticity. Building new neuro-pathways through the application of compassion-focused therapy took me on a painful voyage to learn how to hold my trauma differently in an effort to alleviate my suffering.
With every session of therapy, self-reflection and acceptance, these new compassionate neuro-pathways mutually supported each other as they replaced old trauma and threat focused pathways. This progressive approach set me on a compassionate voyage of healing.
Using 60 dark and light tones of hand mixed greens the composition has a clear direction of travel. I hope the painting will inspire the viewer to embark on their own compassionate voyage, to reflect on their own suffering, and to find the courage to take small steps towards healing.
Acrylic on canvas 30"x40" SOLD