Because It’s My Heart, Oil on Canvas, 20×18 inches, by Elizabeth Nguyen-Espinoza. The painting, Because It’s My Heart, is part of an art series of young girls transitioning into womanhood. The art series embolden young girls to be resilient to life’s challenges lay ahead of them. In this painting, a young girl is looking at the viewers with impenetrable eyes. Her hand to her heart with a blue butterfly evoking courage, dignity, hope, and buoyancy. Her beautiful face is gentle with full of mystery. She knows that life is full of mysteries, and she is up for the challenge. The girl in the painting is neither smiling nor sad. Her poise validates her confidence, sovereignty, and individualism. She yields a sense of self-ownership.
Historically, the heart is used to metaphorically express our deepest emotions, which is the core wisdom of our soul. In this painting, the young girl has exclusive control of her existence and individuality. After all, it is her heart, and she is the director and protector of it. Because It’s My Heart is on exhibit at the LCAD Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA this summer, from June 6 to August 31.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller.