The Broken Sadness

the broken sadness30″ x 40″ Acrylic on canvas, 1999      (SOLD)

I painted “The Broken Sadness” about a year after my older brother`s suicide, about a year after my cousin`s overdose. I was over the pain but I still had alot of unanswered questions about life and death. I still had alot of searching to do. In some way, it was a painting that was painted to soon. Death would be a very common thing to my family for the next 6 years. Personally, 1998 – 2005 were very confusing years. So much beloved people gone, so much to swallow, so much to understand in very short periods of time. – Riel Benn (click on image to view larger version)