oil on canvas; 14×11”

“’Abuse Against Boys’ is about violence/domestic abuse towards males. I chose to illustrate a man, rather than a woman, to bring awareness to the fact that males too suffer abuse, but a less talked about subject. I decided to work with oil paint to further improve my artistic skills. The entire painting is in a black & white color scheme to communicate how depressed the represented man is feeling. The bruising is in color around the eye, to be the main focal point and to point to the fact that it is what is causing the man to feel miserable. The faint smoke in the back portrays how all these emotions are taking over him. I’ve never experienced this myself as a female but I do know that many men struggle with situations like this which is why I wanted to bring awareness to it.”

ARTIST BIO: The Gifted and Talented freshman art students of Megan Smarda, art teacher at Winton Woods High School in Forest Park., have participated in the SOS ART show for many years now and are always greatly inspired by the artworks submitted each year. Their participation in this show greatly inspires them to create their own concepts around Freedom, Peace and Justice and what this means to them in this day and age. The pandemic this year has proven to create many challenges for these students. Struggling with virtual/blended learning, limited art supplies, and limited exposure to the “art community” of a classroom, they have prevailed and feel like they are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. They are all so happy to be back in school and appreciate the art classroom all the more.