Daily Art- Mask Man

oil painting by Heather Brown Truman

Mask Man
18″ x 24″
Finished sides, needs no frame
Ready to hang

Here is the quote that inspired the painting:
Every profound spirit needs a mask: even more, around
every profound spirit a mask is continually growing.
~Friedrich Nietzsche


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Mask Man was an accident. I was going for a completely different type of painting, but as soon as he started to take shape I knew I was going to paint what needed to be created, not what I wanted to create. He is done in rich earth tones and set in a blacker than black background. He glows from the canvas, he invites you to see what is in and on your heart, he inspires self love and inner peace. He knows that if we all could shine our inner lights a little brighter, we can change the world from a rat race to a nirvana, because it all starts inside of each of us. Inner peace is like a virus, it spreads and grows, and someday if we are all unafraid enough, it will change our world, save our spaceship earth and cure the evil of hate, greed and bigotry.

We all have masks that we wear, our social or public masks, our family masks, our business masks. Long ago I decided that I was tired of trying on all those masks just so the world would accept me as I am, with the mask I was born with; what I was born with in my heart and my soul. When I did that my life became so much easier to handle. No longer did I have to worry if I had on the proper mask for any experience, person, or place. I come to the masked ball of life, naked. I am Raw and Radiant, and have no need to pretend to be anything other than myself. Like it or lump it, this is me, and I like myself, as is. My opinion of myself and my character is more important than what anyone else’s opinion of me will ever be.

I created the Mask Man to remind myself, it’s not what is behind the masks that people wear, it’s what’s in their hearts, and what’s hidden behind their eyes that is important. This work is one of my favorites, because it painted (or gave birth) to itself. My body, mind and soul were just the instrument to put it onto the canvas for others to see, feel and learn from. This mask is a happy, loving and compassionate teacher. It offers you friendship, the wealth of a healthy soul, and unconditional love, just as you are.

May your day be filled with compassionate love, for yourself and the world at large. To every living thing, I say, I love you, you belong, you are needed and you are special.






  1. andrea
    June 28, 2008

    Wow — you sure nailed this one Heatehr. Good for you for going with your instincts because the result is so completely confident and right.

  2. badkittyartstudio
    June 29, 2008

    thank you Andrea, that means a lot to me. 🙂

  3. Ollie Knox
    June 24, 2009

    im using this.

    1. badkittyartstudio
      June 24, 2009

      Ollie Knox, what do you mean by “I’m using this”? You would need to respect my copyright and at least ask if it is OK to use my work or words before doing so. So, please explain, thank you.
      Heather aka BAD! kitty


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