Mike Portrait No. 6 – Hiding

Yesterday’s portrait showed my brother Mike’s* rage at himself. His self harm would usually involve hitting his head, biting his hand and slamming his arm into his chest. I mentioned yesterday that, when I was growing up in the 1950s and 60s, I was not frightened of him.  Maybe I should have been. Mom told me once that she saw Mike near me or my younger brother with a hammer.

My parents told my younger brother and me that they tried to shield us as much as possible from Mike. I didn’t feel shielded, nor did I feel the need for shielding.  I always thought of Mike as a deeply complex puzzle. I would almost have welcomed a bit of physical contact from him.

Watercolor: Abstract - Mike Portrait #6 Hiding 062317

Mike Portrait No. 6 – Hiding
12″x9″ 140# Cold Pressed Watercolor Block

*Mike is my older brother, who is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. He currently resides in a geriatric group home.

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