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In our collective consciousness, our dreams we strive to be something more than our individual pieces allow. When I close my eyes, I think about what I wish the world could be and how everything flows from one end of the universe to the next, but then I remember the universe has no end and neither does our potential.

That is the optimism I began with, but then we were sent home. We became isolated, but we also became connected. We needed each other to survive and found that our closeness could kill one another.

In these uncertain times I sit and think about how to be my best self, how I love and fear life. I ponder how we all strive to be our best selves. Every painting is my reflection of the quest to be one's best self, both as an individual and as a collective. How in that struggle there is a kind of perfection.

We all dream of being more than we are and so I've set out to project those feelings onto canvas to remind myself we can do and be better. Be it the new normal or the old normal I will always dream of a day we are more than the sum of our parts, a true representation of our best selves so we may all do more than survive. We can raise ourselves up to the place where we all live our dream selves in a waking world.

Neill Ewing-Wegmann

Neill I was born in 1979 in Belfast, Maine. At age 2 my family moved to Los Angeles, California, where I lived until the age of 12 when we returned to Maine and settled in Bath. All through my life I made frequent visits to my parents' home state of Louisiana. In 1998 I graduated from Morse High School. I attended Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire, majored in Graphic Design and Painting, studying under Professor John Botte. After graduating with a BFA in 2002, I moved to Portland, Maine. For many years I've worked as a graphic designer at a printing company in downtown Portland and now a production manager for an online publisher. In addition to being an artist, I love my role as father. As an artist my main goal is to create new work and to have it on public display.

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