The morality gauge of many cultures seems to be measured by the sexuality/sensuality of the women. Many are oppressed, abused, and/or exploited. Our spirits have been damaged, some too much from which to recover. In my work, I try to combat the abundance of influences that tear at a woman’s self-esteem, and to share the stories of women who are survivors. As women, we should celebrate all our differences and know our intrinsic value. I have experienced a distorted perception of who I was and what I should be doing. Painting portraits of myself helps me acknowledge and love who I am. There are women like me who have distorted versions of themselves as well. It is my hope to shed some light on their beauty and strength and to generate healing and growth. We are the mothers of the world; if women can take a step towards healing then the world will, too. Many women recognize guilt, shame, fear, or the broken, haunted look in our eyes. They know what it is like to look in the mirror and not see anything of value. I strive to make work that can honor the spirits of the survivors, and those who have started a healing process.