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Sunday, August 30, 2015

New update on the current painting; Working in egg/varnish tempera

Stephanie Tihanyi- under painting to current artwork

Here is some new photos of the current painting. Excuse the light, I took it under normal light bulb at night, but I do paint in the day under natural light only. I have working to bring out new highlights on the angels wings and armor as well as the tigers face and plants. I am leaving the face and arm till later as these have to be done with higher sensitivity.

I am going to follow my hero Austrian visionary painter, Ernst Fuchs and try to imitate his use of intense vivid color back grounds. For me it would be a great chance to learn by practice his amazing technique (I have painted the white egg tempera under paint at the top and will continue a little at the sides. Below are two works by Ernst Fuchs
Ernst Fuchs-Angel head on blue background
 

Ernst Fuchs



Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Detail Obsessed Artist

Under-painting in egg tempera
and oil on new work -Stephanie Tihanyi
Under-painting on new work
(oil and egg tempera) Stephanie Tihanyi
I having a thoroughly absorbing busy day alone in my tiny studio, doing what I love. Absorbed in that timeless dimension, wandering free in that empire of detail. I am working on new painting, putting dark lights into the red/gold duo-chrome of the under-painting to gain a sense of depth and relief in the foliage and corner of the wings, seen in this detail. Next step would be to go over it again high-lighting with the egg-tempera (in the old masters of the Flemish tradition, such as Jan van Eyck), but that's a far off land for now. This ability to endure and even enjoy long hours of hyper focusing detailing work is a gift of my autism. Its the ability to continue to happily work at something in isolation, where many would give up after a short while.  For all the challenges being on the autistic spectrum has given me throughout my life, I would not ever, ever trade it for anything.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Autism, Shame & Society: An insider’s view



The Star-flower Cactus-by Stephanie Tihanyi
(all copyright held by the artist)

Autism, Shame & Society: An insider’s view

Published July 21st 2015 in the St. Maarten newspaper The Daily Herald
 When I was a young teen, a close relative’s child died, leaving behind young sibling, who had just been diagnosed with autism. I remember my father saying, “It was sad, but it was sadder, the wrong one died”. He probably did not mean it, but the time I thought it was cruel and I sensed the shame. I did not know, I too was on the autism spectrum.  This toxic shame permeates society, negatively impacting on the lives of autistic parents, children and adults, in ways far worse than their difference ever could. In an enlightened society, it shouldn’t be that way, but it is. It is through societal attitudes, those of us who are ADHD, dyslexic, or autistic, grow up, learning to feel shame for who we are. Society has perpetuated a culture of fear, shame, and pity around difference, often making it more of a disability than it needs to be. I believe this shame is intentionally and unintentionally manufactured, often by those who profess to care and that discrimination, against the differently abled, is becoming the major cause of injustice and civil rights issues of our time.

I always knew my brain worked very differently, I never knew why. Far from being devastating, being diagnosed was a relief that gave me validation for my experiences. It helped me understand and accept myself enabling me to re-frame my life, in a new positive way. It helped me forgive myself for being ‘stupid’, for being terribly bullied (at home and at school), for being misunderstood, for always struggling to fit in. It answered questions why being social, was always such a mystery and such hard work. It helped me finally come to terms with a lifetime self-blame and low self-esteem. Like many girls on the spectrum, I craved friends but had few or none. I tended to hang on the edge of groups, in order to learn the group’s social behaviors by observation and copying. I learnt to disguise my lack of social skills by being invisible. Like many kids in today’s ‘special education’, I struggled in school, except for art, but art had little merit in school. At 11, I was labeled as ‘a child having below average capabilities’ and was put in the ‘slow-class’ after being bullied. Then one day, I stunned everybody by creating a huge 200 page folder of pressed wild flowers, in my summer holidays, I collected, identified, pressed, catalogued and labeled them with their common and scientific Latin names. People on the spectrum are an odd mixture of strengths and deficits like that. Back then, the ‘slow class’ didn’t mean you got special education or extra support, it meant they left you on your own. I finished school with no qualifications.

 From my teens to my late 20,s, I had such terrible social anxiety and depression. Many jobs, were beyond my ability to cope, because of sensory issues, even talking to others was difficult. Most of my jobs when I wasn't unemployed were in cleaning and washing-up. I had to practice over and over in my head sentences, just to be able to ask for a packet of cigarettes in a store or a bag of fruit at the grocers. It was so hard to get the right words out or intonation in the right order, together with the right body language, without looking totally weird, frightening people or irritating them. I memorized scripts for everything.  Many people on the spectrum do in time develop, abet atypically and later in life.  I eventually got better at engaging with people and even taught myself many subjects I had missed in school, like writing, but art remained my one special passion that I never had to work at. Looking back, I never imagined I would be the person I am now, capable of doing what I do now.

Following my diagnosis, I read a lot, I also talked with other autistic people, read their books, articles, research and blogs. I found a common experience and was stunned by a profound dissonance between how autistic people viewed themselves, their lives and how the rest of society views them, which was shockingly judgmental, negative, inaccurate and unjust.  Right from the start, from the time someone came up with the word ‘autism’ or ‘Asperger’s’, the condition has been judged from the outside, and not from the inside, not as from how it has been experienced. No one really knows autism is, but most in the medical field believe it’s a disorder caused by genetic defects or environmental harm, either way it’s a disease to be cured, that the value of talents attributed to autism, does not outweigh the deficits, and that autistic people and society would be better off if they were not autistic. They see it only in its diagnostic terms, and purely through a deficit model. They use negative words like 'suffers',' disorder', ‘disease’; they make lists of 'symptoms'. Most all their research comes from child studies, even today, adults are an un-researched mystery. The exclusion of adult autistic voices from the process of knowledge production is ethically and epistemologically problematic and has resulted in a horrendous lack of ethics. I see, that society allows the use of stigmatizing and fear-provoking language, to raise money for genetic research for a cure for child autism or even elimination by pre-natal testing

Emotive words are used in 'awareness campaigns like, ‘horror of autism’, ‘epidemic’, 'devastating' describing autistic children as ‘lepers’, ‘lost’, ‘empty’, soulless’ and ‘tragic’,  accumulated in the now infamous, 2009 Autism Speaks video, aimed at drawing funds from big corporate sponsors, shows a small child looking at the camera and a dead zombie-like voice saying:

“I am autism. I have no interest in right or wrong.  I work faster than pediatric AIDS, cancer, and diabetes combined, I will plot to rob you of your children and your dreams….And if you’re happily married, I will make sure that your marriage fails. Your money will fall into my hands, and I will bankrupt you for my own self-gain,” says the video campaign.

These so called ‘charities’, repel all protests and attempts by autistic adults to have any say or voice in policy in their organizations and it’s not hard to see why. This negative and false definition of autism that shapes society’s attitudes of autistics in the 21st century, as ‘scary’, ‘sick’ or tragic’, is being driven by big business at the expense and wellbeing of innocent autistic people and their families. In 2011 of over $314 million that was raised, only 3% went into services support and education and only 1% went into adult services and the rest into genetic research labs.  The biomed movement is no better in its unchecked abuse of ethics in pursuit of funding and the selling of 'cures', many unproven and untested.

The point I make is, the unethical, negative portraying of autistic people, has been successful as a business marketing strategy.  Some of the most extreme Anti-vaccine and anti GMO-crusaders are accused of upping the ante. I have seen the most awful fear-mongering language, shock and awe tactics from this quarter. It’s from this sense of injustice and autistic identification,  I am drawn to defend the wrongful portrayal of all people, who are neuro-diverse. The only way I can do that is to stand up, and speak out, loud and clear.  In the last decade more and more adults from all across the autistic spectrum, across the globe, from all walks of life, scientists, parents, teachers, writers, lawyers, are organizing to advocate for theirs and others human and civil rights. By borrowing lessons from the Black civil rights movement, they are advocating against abuse and discrimination. Best known group is TPGA (Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism) and ASAN (Autistic Self Advocacy Network), both are online.  These are people who see themselves, not a disorder, not broken or inferior, but as a variant within the normal neurological diversity, of the human genome. Their struggles, they attribute to psychological stresses of discrimination, intolerance of their differences, lack of supports and the constant perpetuation of negative myths and stereotyping.   
Sometime ago, I wrote a piece in this paper, trying to correct the many of the myths about people with autism and Asperger’s I had read in it. The false myths of the lack of empathy, lack of conscience, or lack feelings etc are wrong. Recently someone wrote about people with Asperger’s having terrible relationships, of being unimaginative and uncreative. Many people with Asperger’s marry; have children and have long happy relationships, why? Because like everyone else who falls in love, we pick and choose our mates, because they have a combination of positive traits, that are similar to or complement our own. Unimaginative?, uncreative?, I will leave that up to you. . I did not write this as a pity piece, but to inspire others to stand up. To tell them its ok to not let others, who don’t know them, define who they are. So you see the shame of autism, does not come from being autistic, it comes 100% from society. Incidentally, that younger autistic relative went on to university, to major in mathematics and speaks 5 languages.

By coming out, I take that shame and I am giving it back, it never really belonged to me, I don’t need it. Finally at last I can accept myself and like who I am. I will leave you with these words by Wired reporter Steve Silberman, author of 'Neurotribes", who wrote in his book ‘The Forgotten History of Autism: ‘We are still trying to catch up to Hans Asperger, who believed that the cure for the most disabling aspects of autism, is to be found in understanding teachers, accommodating employers, supportive communities, and parents who have faith in their children’s potential.

Stephanie Tihanyi  
 
 



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Commissined works: A portrait of Margret


A step by step view of my painting a portrait of Margret, in the manner of the mid-14th, 15th century Renaissance painters known as Mische technique, an oil/egg resin based technique applied to a wood panel.

Portrait of Margret Step 1. The drawing is sketched in a titanium white-egg tempera on the red earth ground, that is painted upon a wooden panel

 
Portrait of Margret Step 2. The painting has been given a glaze of cadium yellow and more titanium white egg/tempera has been worked over the top, correcting and defining more selective highlights


Finished my portrait of Donna's mom, Margret, who sits in the garden surrounded by flowering West Indian cedar trees. Margret comes from Dominican Republic and is partly descended from Arawak (Taino) Indians.



A painting of Margret by Stephanie Tihanyi
(all copyright held by the artist)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Artist Selfie at work

   
A photo from the other week when I was out in the back painting a backdrop for a local dance school Dance Theater of St. Maarten 's recital, 'Dance Till You drop". I make a little money doing local stage and theater painting.
 It was fun to splash and drip with all the colors, as I am usually so meticulous and tight with my work, its great to ease up and splash it around.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

My Letter to the Newspaper Autistics are not Pychopaths

Recently I wrote a letter to the newspaper. I felt compelled to write because I needed to correct some statements by a regular writer to the newspaper's opinion page, had made about people with autism/Asperger's. The lady in question often wrote quite nice articles about the helpful practice of mindfulness, which actually I liked to read, however, this time she wrote about people with autism and made the comparison of autism to psychopaths , ' the neurologically disordered' she called us.  Here is my letter:


The Broken- Hearted
 Machine - charcoal sketch by S. Tihanyi
(all copyrights are held by the artist)




An Autistic’s Reply to Mindful Comments by (Name Protected)

"Please allow me a little space in your newspaper to respond to some of the recent comments made by (name protected), about people on the autism spectrum. I give the lady the benefit of the doubt and believe she is compassionate and well-meaning but not aware that some of the facts she, holds are not totally accurate and that their proliferation creates needless fear, stereotyping, avoidance and bullying for autistic people by society. This can cause them shame, lack of self-esteem and depression. I do not intend to bash the lady, but as a high functioning autistic, feel I must set the truth straight, I am also backed up by facts from the very experts she quoted in her article. She states that autistic people, just like everyone else, can have low, medium or high IQ’s and the deficits and gains of both for IQ runs parallel.  Very good. Marriage with a partner on the spectrum can be work and a lot of learning, for both. Yes of course this is correct. The problem is not about their lack of capacity, will or lack of love or caring, its communication. I felt the article was fair but parts were vague and open to misunderstanding, especially the part about the perceived autistic lack of empathy and the comparison to psychopathy. This part troubled me a lot.

I quote the article: “The lack of empathy comes with some neurological disorders, not just autism- the psychopath will derive some pleasure from your pain, but the autistic will wonder what you are complaining about”, Their “(empathy) “needs to be worked on in their youth so that they can learn to reciprocate even if it’s just learnt behavior and does not come from the heart”.

I take issue with this line as it could give the reader the impression that autistics are ingenuous, false, heartless or lacking the capacity for feelings. This terrible perspective has been used to justified all sorts of bullying, discrimination and abuse upon autistic children and adults, whether intentional not, because people believe we don’t have feelings like others. It’s wrong. This misconception came about from early clinical research over the use of the clinical word ‘empathy’. It has been noted by autism experts and attempts have been made to address it over the years but the damage from a misconception around the clinical word “empathy” still lingers, even among some health professionals.

‘Empathy has nothing do to with how the person feels, i.e. whether they feel bad for someone when they are hurting (as in sympathy), love or care about them (unconditional love and altruism). It has to do with understanding the emotional state of another person (cognitive), and responding appropriately.  The ability to recognize the emotional state in another person relies on good communication. Autistics and non-autistics communicate differently. As someone on the autistic spectrum, I can tell you that my difficulties in social situations, have absolutely nothing to do with empathy – chosen or automatic. I quote from an online blog: "When I know someone else is suffering, I can’t help but feel empathy for them. It hurts me inside sometimes so intensely, I am very sensitive, if anything, often, I seem to have more empathy than the average person. Consider this please, if someone told you, in Russian, “I’m sad because my mother died yesterday”, you’ll only feel empathy for their sadness if you understand Russian. If you don’t know Russian, his statement will have no meaning to you and you won’t realize he’s talking about a sad event. For autistic people, nonverbal communication is like a foreign language, and we often don’t understand what it’s conveying. If I don’t realize someone is sad, I won’t show empathy for their sadness. But as soon as they tell me, in a way I understand, I’m sympathetic and feel for them, just as anyone else would. (Whether I’ll know what to do to comfort them is another matter)"
Certainly most parents of autistic kids object strongly to the portrayal of autistics as unfeeling, unloving, and unlovable as well. “Empathy" could be teased into two parts: 1) Awareness-empathy, i.e awareness of other's emotions and well-being, and 2) Caring-empathy, i.e. caring about other people's emotions and well-being. I also quote expert Dr Tony Attwood, who states:

 I think it is important to explain the misinterpretation of other people’s suggestions of a lack of empathy for people with Asperger’s syndrome. I think there are two factors here, one is that the person with Asperger’s syndrome may not be able to read the subtle signals in another person in facial expression, body language and gesture that would normally be associated with a response of compassion or affection. Thus, if the person with Asperger’s syndrome does not respond with a hug or words of compassion the neurotypical defaults to paranoia and then assumes that the person with Asperger’s syndrome lacks care and empathy. It is not that the person lacks care and empathy it is more that they didn’t/could'nt read the signals or body language. Once the signals are recognized, the person with Asperger’s syndrome can be remarkably kind and supportive.

One of autisms biggest researchers, Dr Simon Baron -Cohen has also attempted to address this misconception that people have, of autism’s lack of empathy being the same as the psychopathic/sociopathic lack of empathy: He says, “I want to return to the subject but with more information on WHY there is a misunderstanding about autistic and sociopathic persons and why popular culture tends to screw up portrayals of both. The key difference seems to be that in psychopaths the 'cognitive' component of empathy is intact but the 'affective' component is not. In autism, both components may be impaired, or just the cognitive component. But their strong systemizing leads them, through powerful logic, to develop a moral code based on 'fairness' and 'justice'. Psychopaths lack the moral compass that most people develop using their empathy, and lack the moral compass that people with autism develop using their strong systemizing. People with autism spectrum conditions often end up as 'super-moral', developing a set of rules they expect people to live up to consistently (such as honesty, fairness, duty), arriving at the conclusion that one should 'treat others as you would have others treat you' because it is the most logical approach. He also adds: In my experience whilst even adults with Asperger Syndrome may have difficulties figuring out why someone else’s remark was considered funny, or why their own remark was considered rude, or may judge others as liars when they simply are inconsistent in not doing what they said they would do, they may nevertheless have a highly developed emotional empathy, caring about how someone feels and not wanting to hurt them. If they do hurt them, it is often unintentional and they feel mortified when it is pointed out, and want to rectify this. In this respect, they do have some of the components of empathy.

Many people with autism also form very strong emotional relationships with their pets, worrying about their welfare, and find that whilst they struggle to ‘read’ human behavior and human intentions, they can read the arguably more predictable behavior of a pet. Finally, as mentioned earlier, the difficulties with the cognitive element of empathy by no means leave people with autism devoid of a moral code, and their strong systemizing can mean that they often end up with a more principled moral code than many people without autism. Thank you."

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Autism Unveiled Project

We don't grow when life is easy, we grow when we have challenges, I like the saying: " Challenges are what make life interesting, overcoming them, is what makes them meaningful"

Autism Unveiled, Voices on the Spectrum
Counting down to World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, 2015

The Autism Unveiled Project is a six-week project where people on the autism spectrum share their uniqueness. The  kick-off was Feb. 18 with blogs by Dr. Stephen Shore, Jennifer O’Toole and Tito Rajarshi Mukhopayday. Each day through April 2, 2015, the Art of Autism will post 2 blogs from people on the spectrum sharing who they are. The people who have chosen to participate share their gifts, their struggles, and their uniqueness.

"Sometimes in life we discover something that changes us and our view of ourselves. To discover that, after so many years of inner confusion, doubt and incomprehension, that there is actually a quantified and measurable reason for why I have struggled to make sense of the social world in the way I have and I am actually not alone.
The beast 005I have what is known as Asperger’s syndrome, now known as Autism Spectrum or HFA. Learning I have this syndrome has been a huge help in dispelling my lifelong confusion of why other people have the easy ability to do things I cannot, like have an ease and flow in communication between each other, that is often a mystery to me. How I either make people laugh or piss them off, without even ever understanding how; or how I am able to focus on a subject for such long periods of time without getting tired. People that do get to know me, find me smart and at the same time socially clueless. While others may totally misunderstand me or even dislike me because they are phobic of these differences" - Stephanie Tihanyi
 Read the whole article at Art of Autism: Week 6
Stephanie: Visionary artist, over-looked, #Aspergers

Monday, February 23, 2015

The 5Day Art Challenge: Artistic Development


Me, getting an early start Photo- Stephanie Tihanyi
(all copyright held by the artist)
It was begun online, on Facebook by my fellow artists of the Visionary Art community, (this is where we all connect and come together from our far flung and many times obscure places across the globe). The 5 Day Art Challenge. The one (artist) nominated, had to post 3 pictures of their work each day for 5 days. Each day they had to nominate another artist friend to do the same. We had to include work we did years ago, up until where we are now. It was a great exercise for me to frame my development by creating a simple brief timeline. Here it is from my Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/stephy.tihanyi




1) The Owl and the Badger-by S. Tihanyi (all copyrights held by the artist)




2) The Broken- Hearted Machine- by S. Tihanyi (all copyrights held by the artist)




3) My Grandmothers Yard- by S. Tihanyi (all copyrights held by the artist)
Feb 19 Day One 5Day Art Challenge: Thank you fellow artist, Dakini for nominating me for the 5 Day are Challenge, where I get to post 3 works, old or new, for 5 days and nominate another artist to do the same. Here are some very early works back when I lived in Luton in the UK. I worked on the assembly line as a welder at Vauxhalls car factory. I welded wheel arches in the day and painted at night. 1988- 1990. 'The Owl & the Badger'- oil on wood, 'The Broken-Hearted Machine'- gouache and dry pastels on paper, 'My Grandmothers Yard, Pecs, Hungary, (with the old walnut tree)- acrylic on board'
Today I nominate Brian Lovebug Joseph to take up the challenge.




1) The Angel & the FireCat- by S.Tihanyi (all copyrights are held by the artist)




2) Crown of 12 Suns- by S.Tihanyi (all copyrights are held by the artist)

3) The Corn Goddess-by S. Tihanyi 9all copyrights are held by the artist)

20 Feb Day Two: 5Day Art Challenge: Early sketch for a later painting (Angel and the FireCat) -Dry pastels on paper.  'Crown of 12 Suns' -egg tempera on wood panel. 'The Corn Goddess' -black & white sketch on board. These I did before leaving the UK, before 1993. After that, I did not paint for sometime.
Today I nominated : Artist, Quadri Di Gio Curioni



1) The Frigate Birds of Coralitia- by S. Tihanyi (all copyrights are held by the artist)





2) The Reef Diver- by S. Tihanyi (all copyrights are held by the artist)




3) Kestrel in the Meadow- by S. Tihanyi (all copyrights are held by the artist)

21 Feb Day Three: 5Day Art Challenge: When I came to live in the Caribbean in 1993, I lost my connection to my home and found myself an outsider in an emerging country that was forging a nationalistic identity through a shared Caribbean heritage. I struggled with the feeling of being irrelevant and a non-belonger, but I found a place in producing works that studied the outer world of my tropical environment and nature's stunning beauty. 'Frigate birds by Coralitia'-acrylic on canvas, 'The Reed Diver'- oil on canvas, 'The Kestrel in the Meadow'- limited edition linocut print on paper.
For todays challenge, I nominate: Ross Trebilcock




1) Old House in Marigot- by S.Tihanyi (all copyrights are held by the artist)




2) Flamboyant Flux- by S.Tihanyi (all copyrights are held by the artist)




3) The Rainbow Tree of Life DNA- by S. Tihanyi
(all copyrights are held by the artist)
 
Feb 22 Day Four: 5Day Art Challenge: Up until 2008-2012, I produced artwork to fit to the conservative, commercial art tastes around me, being told so constantly, that to be successful, I had to do what people want. So I did. Then the 2008 crash happened. Since then and till the present day, art buying dried up more every year, along with the art galleries. Cruise ship tourists grew, but spent rarely on art. It was a blessing in a way, because it made me face the fact I had lost an important part of myself as an artist. I had blocked my artistic development. Through a period of depression, I finally decided to listen to my own voice again and gradually introduced the surreal-ness back into my work, risking the chance of attaining general appeal or local marketability. I decided, I would rather be true to myself even if I never sell another painting again. ' The Old House in Marigot - limited edition linocut print on watercolor paper'. 'Flamboyant Flux' acrylic on canvas, 'The Rainbow Tree of Life'- oil on board.
Today, I nominate artist: Lukifer Aurelius
 
1) Dweller Between the Worlds- by S. Tihanyi
(all copyrights are held by the artist)




2) Cup of Abundance- by S.Tihanyi
 (all copyrights are held by the artist)




3) I shall Fear No Evil-by  S. Tihanyi
(all copyrights are held by the artist)

Feb 23 Day Five: 5Day Art Challenge: In 2012, I made a bold step of opening a small art gallery, because all the galleries were disappearing and I had nowhere to show or sell my work, Unfortunately it closed two years later, proving unfeasible. I felt very isolated and alone, partly because of the actual physical reality of working as an artist, but also because of the difference in the aims, objectives and nature of that art. If Visionary art is seen as 'Outstream or off the main by the Mainstream art world, here, its never seen at all. I know most people thought, 'why does she paint that strange stuff, don't she know she has no hope of anyone going to buy it'. Actually, I thought this a lot myself. This loneliness made me begin looking for others like me, others that would accept me. It was such a wonderful thing that through Facebook, I discovered the Visionary Art Tribe. At last, my people! A collective of people stretched out across the globe, a supportive fellowship of artists who have in common, a genuine love of appreciating and making visionary, surreal and spiritual art. These dedicated people are the real counter-current to that which is touted as 'modern art' by the present art establishment. At last, people who understand, what it is I do. Seeing the very high skill level of these artists, I knew I needed to go and study more. That spring of 2014 I went to Austria, Payerbach to learn painting techniques, Old Masters New Visions: http://www.mischtechnikseminars.com/ from the 'masters of mische', Philip Rubinov Jacobson and Mantra Cora. I think its true to say this has had a big effect on my painting and the strengthening of my confidence and vision. 'Dweller between the Worlds'- acrylic on canvas.
'Cup of Abundance'- Mische oil/egg, I shall Fear No Evil'- Mische oil/egg.

 



Thursday, January 15, 2015

'Fear No Evil' (Painting)


'I Shall Fear No Evil' -by Stephanie Tihanyi (painting)
(all copyrights are held by the artist)





Detail 1
'I Shall Fear No Evil'
-by Stephanie Tihanyi (painting)
(all copyrights are held by the artist)
 The title of my painting is 'Fear No Evil'.   Before, I simply called it 'the beast' or 'the  star'  or something. I never really knew what it was going to be called because it was a work that came together and developed, as the painting progressed over many months of meditations. The recent atrocities wrought in this world drew back a veil on its meaning and nature of the words taken as the title, from the bible: Psalms 23, verse 4 'Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil'




detail2
'I Shall Fear No Evil'
-by Stephanie Tihanyi (painting)
(all copyrights are held by the artist)

detail 3
'I Shall Fear No Evil'
 -by Stephanie Tihanyi (painting)
(all copyrights are held by the artist)
The central figure of the beast, who stands proudly in the gates of purgatory. From under his flaming wings reigns a showers of blood, showing he sheds blood of mankind, where ever he goes. Behind him there is a trail of black flags of fanaticism, hate and violence. Central in the painting, in the back ground is the winged angel of death, who stand with sword planted firmly in front of him. A figure, a woman stands in the intimidating and dominating gaze of the beast but her attention is not there, its caught on a brilliant light, high above the mountains of the darkened valley. The light casts a path of rainbow hued rays. In spite of the peril of , rape, torture, slavery, death, she is safe from the forces of evil, with one hand holding white bloom, signifying purity of spirit, the star of mercy, guides the souls path during the darkest ravines on the way to higher planes



detail 4
'I Shall Fear No Evil' -
by Stephanie Tihanyi (painting)
(all copyrights are held by the artist)