Raheem Nelson

Your Love Is King

My relationship with love has been a difficult one. Being vulnerable with another person can be terrifying. What I’ve learned is that even when things look bleak there is an opportunity for triumph, growth and happiness.

What love looks like to me is perseverance, kindness and taking a stand. I took a stand for the relationship I’m in right now. It wasn’t easy and there were bumps in the road that I thought might derail us. Faith, uncertainty, expectations and past traumas all came in to play.

There were many honest, uncomfortable and complicated conversations that needed to be had. I am not perfect but I am always willing to learn from my mistakes and show up as a loving, caring and considerate partner.

I think of everything that we’ve been through and I know in my heart that I’m not only with the right person but that through trials and tribulations we have a foundation that is tough as nails.

I found my best friend in Rahisha. She’s a woman that really knows me. A woman that has seen me at my highest highs and my lowest lows. A woman that pushes me to be greater. A woman that I’m going to spend my life with. These paintings symbolize and encompass a love that has been through the fire. A love that has been tempered like steel. With each brush stroke I get the chance to reflect on our shared experiences.


P.S: For the actual painting I experimented with blending and composition. I love how easy it easy to duplicate my work using Procreate and make modifications. Initially I used the oils brush to blend but I prefer the look and feel of the flat brush (which is how I blended the first piece.) On a personal note whenever I paint Rahisha I try to illustrate her with natural hair and straightened hair. Art created using Procreate on iPad Pro.


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