My journey has been a long and dark one, transcending the barriers between worlds. Through worlds of dream and worlds of spirit, I have traveled to find my inner-artist. For a while after seeing this competition, I was absolutely stumped. It was not until recently that I reached my artist's epiphany. Drawing from my experience and spiritual understanding as a witch, as well as the dark inner-workings of a teenage mind, I quite literally regurgitated this piece, reflecting, in essence, my heart. I have journeyed through the self-inflicted cage of darkness, forcing myself to battle my inner-demons. I drew strength from my weakness by making it tangible, thus controlling it. I have trekked through the jungles of life, which seem to ingurgitate all in reach. I found hope even when lost by connecting with the guardian always guiding me through even the most perilous of places. I have sojourned through the world of spirits, where the possibilities seem too endless to comprehend. I came to enlightenment when I stopped searching and listened to what the worlds had to say. Just like life, the cycle will repeat and eventually I will reach another dark point in my life.
I have many symbolic images hidden in this picture. The goddess Hecate is featured, creating another path that leads into the main one. She is the goddess of the crossroads and I depict her creating such a crossroad because our journey is not always one path. We all reach crossroads in our lives and sometimes we have to make difficult decisions. Though it is often difficult, there is nothing wrong with choosing at a crossroad. Making decisions just reaffirms that we have free will. Only we can create our own journey and only we can travel it.