This is a painting I call “Candy Store” because each day when I was suffering from the mirgraines I had to decide which medications I could use, which could be taken together, and which would work. It felt like I should line up the containers and pick. I wanted to evoke the bright colors of candy, with the stark reality that is NOT candy, but drugs. I really struggled with this painting because it didn’t come out exactly how I imaged it in my mind for so long. I drew the images for this during a migraine and later came back to it to bring that emotion into full color. I didn’t do anything with this piece until recently I picked it and rubbed it with black shoe polish–a technique I sometimes use in furniture painting. It really gave it more of the depth and darkness I wanted. It feels more complete now, even though its often difficult as an artist to know where to stop.