El Toro, that is to say The Bull

The Bull that Escaped the China Shop
The Bull that Escaped the China Shop

The Bull is not my normal animal persona. I’m much more drawn to the Stallion, the Wolf and the Hawk. Also, I was born in the year of the Boar.

But the Bull does have a special place in my story, which is also the story of the painting.

I painted “The Bull that Escaped the China Shop” upon completion of therapy. I was in my mid-twenties, had just graduated from college, and finally learned how to speak up for myself.

This was not an easy process! I grew up the good boy and was always so eager to please. I still am, I suppose. I want to be good, nothing wrong with that, and I want to be good to the people around me, nothing wrong with that either. But I’ve also figured out ways to remain a whole person, even while cultivating a discipline of self-sacrifice.

Glory to God.

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