A Burning Soul



This painting is inspired by unrequited love. After trying for months to get into someone’s heart, I realized that I couldn’t allow my life and happiness to depend on whether this man loved me back. In rejection, I managed to find myself and reclaim my self-worth. This painting and haiku were inspired by the process of self-discovery.


A Burning Soul


My soul burns for you…

An eternal fire that aches

To mingle and join


Will you privilege me?

You greet my fire with water

And my flame recedes


Charred but rebuilding…

Time passes, and I find, now

My soul burns for me.


This painting is paper and acrylic on canvas.


Size: 24 inches x 72 inches


Copyright 2016

W. Somerset Maugham

“every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul”