Michele Quigley Photography

Portrait in Isolation

The flowers in my yard are abundant so I decided to try something new with them yesterday.

Self portraits are challenging and self expression can be scary. The desire to bring something beautiful into the world is a driving force for me. But the doubt and fear that all artists deal with can be equally strong. I am a very sensitive person. Not everyone knows that about me because I have learned to wear masks and erect walls. My husband knows and I know it frustrates him sometimes. It does me too. But for better or worse it’s who I am. Someone who feels things deeply, including and maybe most especially, my own inadequacy. We are all broken, but it turns out that you don’t have to be whole to shine.