Mike Portrait No. 5, June 2017

The fifth of this series of portraits of my brother Mike* is a bit different than the others. Mike would often display fits of rage, directed at himself. Some docs thought he was Tourettic, others thought it was a behavioral issue. The point is, Mike could be frightening. I weathered the storm and didn’t believe he would hurt me. My younger brother however was scared of him. My parents said they shielded us from Mike. I remember everything, but my younger brother, not so much.

Watercolor: Abstract - Mike Portrait #5 062217

Mike Portrait No. 5, June 2017
12″x9″ 140# Cold Pressed Watercolor Block

Previous posts, Complex Motor Ticks?, and Another Film Strip (central image), provided the references for my portrait above.


*  Mike is my older brother, who is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. He was at home during my first 10 years.

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