Monica Tookes

Courage, 2019

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Acrylic on canvas
96.0 x 36.0 in (243.8 x 91.4 cm)
Signed on recto


This work ships from Atlanta, GA, US.


Believe that you have the courage to lead others and use your gift to carve your own path to greatness.
Do you have the fearless motivation to win?
This piece is inspired by my youth. I have been an athlete since 1st grade. You hear so many motivational quotes and phrases all the time to pump you up. It definitely pumps you up and gets you ready to play the game. But, who we are beneath the numbers is where our courage comes from.
As I have matured, I have learned that power within me. I hold what it takes to make that crucial move, play, run, hit, leap, throw, jump, scream, lift, or bounce to make the difference. I must not give up when things get tough. And, my strength comes from inside story.
I have always been inspired by the men and women behind the uniforms and their stories. It is their courageous efforts that made the difference. It is their "why" that changed lives. This piece is inspired by every moment we all hesitate to own our own strength. It is my hope that this painting inspires others to take the leap and find the courage to win at any challenge faced in life like the roar of a just keep fighting to be your best you!