This work represents a time when I was climbing out of the depths of my depression, desperately longing for a better life. I knew that I needed to awaken inside, or I was going to die! I needed to feel as though I meant something in this world, and was not just another object to be used and tossed aside.
Despair and Dreams was the first piece of positive artwork I had created in a long time. I had to stay focused on all the things that I love, and that gave me joy I realized for the first time that I needed to direct my sight to things in life that did not need me, but those in which I needed.
I fought through the pain and tears to release my fiery spirit, and to break free. I desired to be like all those beautiful creatures with wings, to be like a bird in the sky. I was determined that I was going to be free, and soar high!