When I painted Self-Love Is Never Selfish, I was thinking about how many of us grow up believing self-love is a form of arrogance or conceit, that we should love other people but not ourselves.
I was no different in that respect, but over the years I’ve come to realize that self-love is anything but selfish.
When we love ourselves, we are able to love others in a more open, selfless, and healthy way. We don’t demand love in return, or feel unworthy of love. We’re also far more pleasant to be around. Treat yourself well and you’ll automatically treat others well too.
I wanted to convey in my painting that self-love is a gift we should all give ourselves. Because, after all, the most important relationship we will ever have in our life is the relationship we have with ourselves.