I was not going through a particularly good time in my life when I painted this when I was in a coersive relationship that I was having trouble getting out of. Although this could have been a depressing and negative piece it's actually not. I used gold as my background, a very positive, winning colour. The black over the top is the awful prison like existence I was living in but the optimistic, hopeful and positive part of my personality is solid and shining and more powerful than the black. The black just being a stain over the gold. A stain that is virtually now removed!