Female Empowerment Series

A collection of emotive paintings created during the 20-year journey of a survivor of domestic violence. 

20% of all proceeds go to Fort Bend County Women's Center in Texas

If you or someone you know needs help to get safe from violence please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE for practical advice and access to local resources. 

In 2015 I made a decision to leave my 20-year marriage and the religious cult I and my abusive partner had raised our daughter in. There were many times during that period of my life that my physical life was in danger and I lived in terror and physical pain. I was stuck in an identity that perpetuated my fears and my circumstances. That identity that was handed to me through early childhood conditioning led me to make choices that showed how little I valued myself and reflected unprocessed trauma that remained in my abused, tight, tattered body. I painted these at different periods of time throughout that relationship. They all represent what I was going through emotionally at the time AND how I have grown into the person I am today by experiencing that suffering. I did not realize at the time how accurately the emotion portrayed in them told my story past, present and future, since I didn't do much thinking when I painted them as they flowed from me. In fact, even though I painted some of them over 20 years ago, I wasn't inspired to give them a title until 2019. Since these paintings were created from a place that so many women have suffered in and deserve to be empowered to make a change, I have decided to donate 20% of all proceeds from them to the women's shelter that helped me finally leave my abuser for good. If you decide to purchase from this series you will receive a thank you letter directly from that shelter if you decide to provide your information to do so. This shelter provides the tools women and their children need to reinvent their lives and process and heal from the trauma caused by domestic violence and sexual assault. 

While the circumstances surrounding the creation of these paintings and the emotion behind them have a very dark element, they are genuine and meant to empower women to take control of their own lives and emotional health without judgement and with absolute acceptance and compassion.  Seen in that light, they transform into paintings of hope, strength, and courage. This is the purpose they have served for me and I wish to share that. 

TRIGGER WARNING: IF YOU HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF VIOLENCE PLEASE KNOW THIS INFORMATION MAY BE AN EMOTIONAL TRIGGER FOR YOU. IF YOU WANT TO SIMPLY VIEW THE PAINTINGS WITHOUT THE STORIES, PLEASE GO TO THE STORE PAGE BY CLICKING THE SHOP BUTTON ABOVE.

Cheryse Gilmore Art -Texas-based commission artist painting her life to connect with others and empower change for survivors of violence in addition to offering custom commissions, murals and pet portraits. 

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