It has been three months, but I finally did another oil pastel drawing tonight. I don’t think this is my greatest work of art, but I felt inspired to create something tonight. This is basically a metaphor for substance abuse. The poison bottle represents whatever substance the person chooses to abuse, whether it be drugs or alcohol. The swirls at the top and surrounding color is a metaphor for how it seeps out and affects your life and the people around you. I tried to use vibrant and alluring colors because that’s often how the substance appears to a person at first. Until it starts to take control of your life.


If you are suffering from addiction, please seek help. There are people who love and care about you, even if you feel like you’re alone.