Portfolio Archive > Charlie Rugg & Jordan Quintero @ RGDC: Humans

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The Courage To Stop
oil, charcoal on canvas
32 x 40 inches
2011

This piece was my first adult painting, made in around 2009/10, dealing directly with the history of domestic abuse in my family.
The title is a double entendre, referring both to the painting process-in which the urge to over-work can often lead to the trampling of the fresh and direct vision that is a huge part of the magic of painting-and the cycle of abuse that often reaches generations deep into families. It takes courage to change patterns, to choose freedom, to chose healing, to chose love...