I thoroughly enjoyed connecting with Dhyey to learn about his research as well as some of his personal interests. It turns out we both enjoy time in the mountains; so when his metaphor for his research included a river in a forest, I knew exactly where my painting needed to be set.
I drew from the landscapes I am familiar with, the iconic Three Sisters mountain peaks and the Bow River, to create a place imagined.
Dhyey’s research found that the ketogenic diet drastically reduced constriction of blood flow following seizures, preventing behavioural and cognitive deceits. “In the Flow” is viewed from the edge of an island tucked in the flow of the Bow River. Instead of the island being rock and dirt, it’s lush with green grass. The scene is full of vivid colours to represent how vibrant life without the impacts of seizures can be. The river flows freely with everything around it thriving and glowing in the sunshine. There’s a bend in the river ahead, yet it’s not a worry because you are “In the Flow.” It’s blue skies and grand adventures ahead.
The size my piece was also inspired by Dhyey’s research. His findings translate into BIG impacts on the quality of life for those suffering from seizures, so the visual representation also needed to be BIG!