The artist, a writer and publicist named Michael O’Reilly, has a unique connection to depression, a chronic illness that has plagued the American people for decades.
His work depicts suffering, loss and loss of hope, all within a single frame of the artist’s art.
O’Reilly has spent decades studying depression and the people around him and he has worked tirelessly to understand the condition and its devastating effects.
In his book “The Big Picture: An Artist’s Journey to Understand Depression and Chronic Illness,” O’Reily outlines a personal journey that began when he was a kid and has continued ever since.
“I always wanted to be an artist,” O’day says.
“But I didn’t know what I wanted to do or what to do as an artist.
So I began to do research and I discovered what a great profession it was.”
O’Reilly’s career as an art photographer has been remarkable, both for the number of works he has completed and for the breadth of the work he has created.
O’Brien has collaborated with the likes of David Bowie, Madonna, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson.
O’day credits the work of many artists as a catalyst for his own career, and as such, he believes that art is the ultimate tool to combat the effects of depression.
“The work I’m doing, the work that I do now, it’s not just me,” he says.
“It’s my community.
It’s all of us.
It doesn’t matter what color our skin, what ethnicity we are, it doesn’t even matter if we’re male or female or whatever.”
He says that depression and its impact on the community are not just a mental health issue, but an economic one.
“Depression affects the economies of all of our communities,” O’may says, citing unemployment and unemployment insurance as a major reason why people in his community struggle.
“And depression is not just about unemployment.
It affects everything we do.”
O’days art is both poignant and uplifting, as it reflects the suffering of the people who inhabit his community.
“It’s just a very intimate portrait of me, it reflects my life, and it reflects what my life is all about,” he explains.
“That’s what I hope it does.
It does not just reflect a portrait of someone.”
And O’Keefe says that, as a result of his work, his community has changed dramatically in the past year.
“Now we’re in a position where people are going, ‘Wow, this is an important person in our community.
I just felt a lot more like them when I was younger, when I grew up,'” he says, referring to his parents, grandparents and aunts.
“There are a lot of people in my community that I grew to know that I now see as important and that are people that I respect.
They’re not just some random strangers that I met on the street or some random stranger that just happens to be in my street.
These are people who I have really developed relationships with, and they’re important people.”
O’may is now working to inspire other young artists and young artists of color to follow in his footsteps and tackle this devastating disease.
He hopes that his paintings will be seen as a way for young people to reflect on their own lives, and how important it is to be themselves and make a positive difference in the world.