Power Surrealist painting by Maryse Gauthier 11-2019

The unknown power within

Here is my painting for November! This one is inspired by a memorable dream I had in 2017. 


I was swimming through a crowd of open-mouthed sharks.

In my dream I was focusing on staying stoic. It was to prevent that the sharks would perceive in me any weakness triggering them to attack me. Fortunately, I managed to make it through the other side of the crowd of sharks.

When I came out of the water, I understood that they were also trying to appear stoic because they feared me too. They were hoping I would not realize that I had great power. In truth, they dreaded I would harm them if I discovered my strength.

I always wanted to illustrate this dream in a painting. However, it is only now that I got the inspiration to depict the scene. The painting reveals what the sharks would have seen when they saw me.

My strength and steadfastness in hardships is represented by a muscular beast. The beast is a bull, with red eyes, standing in the mouth of a bull shark. It is a powerful image that I believe a shark could be impressed with in my dream!

Let me know what this painting evokes for you in the comments!

Power Surrealist painting by Maryse Gauthier 11-2019

Power Surrealist painting by Maryse Gauthier 11-2019

Maryse Gauthier

Maryse started painting in February 2017 at a Paint Nite event to overcome her fear of painting. After going to two other Paint Nite events and free of her fear of painting, she decided to start doing here own painting projects. She knew that she could now express visually all those images that filled her mind and create freely. She is mostly inspired to create surrealist paintings and is always working to improve her skills. A majority of her creations stem from a combination of her weekly psychoanalysis therapy work, past hallucinations, feelings inexpressible in words but also any current experiences inciting reflections and growth. About Maryse

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