Holding On, Holding Up (detail)

I have been working on this portrait of two sweet girls from Syria. They fled with their parents to Germany, seeking safety and hope for a peaceful future. I have tried to keep the brushwork expressive in an attempt to communicate the upheaval and turmoil so many young people are experiencing at an early stage in their lives. They live in uncertainty, but are remarkably resilient and cheerful in bad conditions. They hold up the best they can, and hold on to the things that are most important: family, faith and hope.