painting of cute woman in turtleneck and lime green gingam dress. She's holding up two peace signs, but her arms are mutant zigzags. She's super cute, yet utterly terrified. There is a pretty landscape in the background. Original painting by artist Heather Buchanan

I sketched her one day, without really thinking about it. It's funny how meaningful ideas can just sort of wander in out of meaninglessness.

She's cute. The painting is pretty and symmetrical. It's light and fun and weird. But also... she's also stretching herself too far, in a fully unnatural way. Overreaching, you know? Sometimes we harm ourselves to achieve an external expression of cuteness. But she's coping.

I called this painting "peace" not only for the peace signs she's holding up, but also because it's what I wish for her. And me. And you. I wish I could give us all a deeper sense of peace, and take away that urge to contort ourselves to meet other people's expectations.


Painted on 24"x30" canvas. It sticks out 3/4" from the wall. If you're not planning to frame it, let me know and I'll finish it nicely around the edges and add a wire for you.

If you are local to Calgary, you can contact me for pickup or delivery.

If you're located outside North America, contact me for a shipping quote. It varies a fair bit depending on the country.

Shipped safely in layers of bubble wrap and cardboard.