How One Piece of Art Gave Me Hope For Better Days Ahead

I knew then that our life becomes how we choose to see it.

Donnette Anglin
4 min readMay 14, 2022


Artist- Nicholas Anglin. Authors collection

The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance — Aristotle

The colors might be the first thing you see at a glance at this piece. Art should stand out.

But take a moment to look, see, think and feel.

What draws you in?

What speaks to you?

There is a story behind every artist's creation.

This piece was inspired by a conversation with my son one day while I dropped off groceries at his apartment during the lockdown.

As risky as it was, my motherly instinct kicked in, and I chose to do the grocery shopping during a raging pandemic. Safety was a high priority; I felt I would do a better job of it on the outside.

It was also my excuse to see my son and his girlfriend when socialization was limited.

I needed the connection with them more than anything.

My visits were usually short. It was necessary to exercise safety and move on.

But on one of my visits, I couldn't contain what weighed heavily on my mind. I stood by the doorway as I engaged my son in a conversation.

I expressed the hopelessness I felt in no uncertain way — The world seemed at a standstill. The smell of death permuted the air. A once busy NYC street felt like a ghost town.

The hopelessness was weighing me down.

I ensured my personal paperwork was in order the best way I could; I felt it was just a matter of time; I, too, could become a statistic.

It was like preparing him for the unexpected.

My son would later interpret my feelings by creating this masterpiece.

He wanted to give me hope for better days ahead — days when the sun would shine again and we no longer feel imprisoned by a pandemic.

We’re getting there.

Here's a brief introduction for those of you who may not have the pleasure of meeting my son.



Donnette Anglin

Writing to make sense of life. Join me on the journey to becoming a better individual..