18" x 24" (7/8" profile) oil on canvas



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The meaning behind the painting


Free Your Mind was inspired by all the people who are too set in their ways of thinking and too attached to their views. It seems nearly impossible for them to see “another side of a coin”. In fact, these people choose not to look the other way because it makes them feel uncomfortable. They get offended, or upset to the point that they start to argue proving that their way is the only way. Interestingly enough, in the field of psychology there is a term called cognitive dissonance, which is the mental discomfort (psychological stress) experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas or values. Every time a person is being challenged with new information that contradicts their beliefs, ideals and values, cognitive dissonance causes a disturbing discomfort emotionally and intellectually. That dissonance forces them to want to eliminate that discomfort by “shooting” the messenger.   


Through this painting, I wanted to communicate the importance of being open minded and seeing situations and ideas from all angles. This includes collecting all data before making up your own opinion. However, I also don’t feel that we should get attached to our beliefs since we live in a world of science and new discoveries that help us gather new information based on evidence.  It feels to me that our minds are like a treasure box with multiple sections of information. It is our job to open that box and travel from corner to corner to see all that there is and to mold it into the opinion that is truly ours. After all, our brains are similar to a muscle, which need constant stimulation in order to grow new cells and to keep it active and healthy.


‘Free Your Mind’ is an oil painting on a 7-oz. 100% natural cotton duck 18”x 24” stretched canvas with a ¾” solid wood frame. The primary color that was selected for this piece is blue, which supposed to have a calming effect on the viewer and express trust. The whole image has a dream-like feel to it. In a way, it can be compared to meditation, where you concentrate only on one thing – yourself.  You close your eyes and your mind starts to disconnect from reality and enters the endless, yet friendly darkness where you are completely safe to dig deep inside yourself and let go of things one by one.   At first, your mind is cloudy, represented by the thick pinkish-brown clouds. However, as the only pinion starts to take action, things are starting to come out just like during deep hypnosis.


It is then, when you start to realize that a lot of time has been wasted on total nonsense which before seemed to be life’s main focus.  Just like twelve months in our calendar, January being the first month of every year, the watch arrows reaching twelve again is an indication of a new round/new start. This time you get another chance at making things right. The gold color of the pocket watch indicates a positive change, wealth and maturity. The watch, just like a barking dog that sees an intruder, jumps out in the alarming mode. This is your subconscious trying to tell you that it’s time to switch gears and move in a different direction.


In ‘The Birth of Music’ painting, there are two green heavy blocks that represent all the heavy weight that we drag with us in our hearts and minds. In ‘Free Your Mind’, a dove represents not just your mind, but also your attachment to things, both of which hold you down and prevent you from reaching your goals and your true potential. Just like that dove that was chained to those heavy blocks, you need to break free of those chains and let go of your worries, negative thinking, toxic relationships, or anything else that you think is preventing you from doing what feels right to you.  Pick your destination, and then spread your mighty wings and fly high as you were meant to.  There is no limit on how high you get in your career or personal life. Keep flying to achieve as much as you possibly can to make a positive difference in your life, life of those around you, and in the entire world. 


The floating chessboard represents the fundamental idea of the shifting, or falling apart, of either your personal relationships or career. Piece by piece the blocks are chipping away and going different directions as they create and follow their own path. Just like in life, where families are going through a separation period and finding their new self by disconnecting from one another. Their children also grow up and follow their own route.

The light, almost white, bridge that is coming out on the right side of the painting, also represents a new fresh start. It has a clear destination with no obstacles in its way, it’s all just in the beginning infant stage. As you walk down that path, you build upon it to make your journey as meaningful as possible to bring joy not to just yourself, but to others as well.


No matter how far your family is, you’re always connected by an invisible (to a naked eye) thing that’s called DNA. Whether we want to admit it or not, we share similar traits with one another and that can either drive us crazy or bring us closer to each other. We should stay connected with our family throughout our lives and support each other on whatever journey we choose.


Your mind is like a parachute that works only if it’s open. You have to keep your mind open to ensure you have healthy relationships with your friends, family, and co-workers. If you have it closed, then you choose to keep a relationship with just yourself but not with others. Since we all are social beings, it is extremely important to know how to keep healthy relationships with those around you, which cannot exist without having an open mind.  

Free Your Mind

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