~The Piece That Doesn't Fit, acrylic painting by Paul Richmond
"This painting expresses the feeling of isolation I experienced when I tried unsuccessfully to fit in with my peers at school. I painted it when I was 14, but it depicts an even earlier time. As a middle school student, I would sit on the steps during recess and draw or write because it was made very clear that I wasn't welcome on the playground. Looking out on all of my classmates playing so openly and freely, I didn't understand why I was the piece of the puzzle that didn't fit."