The woman in the picture is surrounded by color and sunflowers on the table. So many times I don’t see the beauty around me. I don’t see my own beauty. I kept looking at this painting and thinking, “Something about her is familiar, but I’m not sure what it is.”

She reminds me of me.


William H. Johnson, Portrait with Sunflowers, c. 1944, oil on paperboard, Smithsonian National Museum of American, Washington, D.C.