Studio Art | Nikita at the Gates by Jesús A. Rivera
Nikita at the Gates is a classic narrative medicine response to hearing an account of suffering. The painting was presented as a gift to George and Mary, Nikita's owners, after she passed away. When George was diagnosed with a chronic illness, the dog's companionship offered comfort and played a key role is easing his suffering. Shortly before Nikita died, George walked her through Central Park “Gates” exhibit. This painting was inspired by this narrative. It explores the themes of death, transitions and bittersweet freedom.
Jesús A. Rivera is on the Advisory Board of The Intima