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Artist J. Dobyns paints for therapy and release - and shares her innermost feelings with us through canvas and paper. Without pulling any punches, she paints her life in styles abstract and impressionistic.
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"I was born and raised in upstate NY, the fourth of six unplanned daughters. My father died when I was five years old; electrocuted in a freak construction accident.
"It didn't work though. I told my mother while she was visiting me. Years later I found out that my uncle had sexually molested his adopted daughter until she moved out years before I lived with him and he bought her silence too. After she found out that I was being abused she sent me to live with my two older brother at my step mom's grandmother's house. My great grandmother would make us behave by telling us that she would send me back to my uncles to live with him again if we weren't good kids.
"Throughout my life, I felt responsible for not looking out for him. I have no memory of a time when I was not physically abused, but many of the paintings I do reflect the sexual abuse I endured from age eight.her (true) daughters were all blonde, and I looked like my dark-haired father.
"A gang rape at age 15 led me into years of drugging and denial, and an abusive marriage.
"At age 46, divorced and out of work, I'm still trying to pick up the pieces and make sense of this life I was given. Putting images on canvas helps me shake a lot of the disturbing memories out of my head, and regain power that was stolen by my abusers."
-- J. Dobyns