This creative thesis investigates several ways in which teens and young adults tend to derail their own lives, and illustrates these mistakes through the visual medium of painted portraiture. The topics covered in this work include abusive relationships, underemployment, drug abuse, and suicide. The final product takes the form of eight portraits arranged in two rows. The first row depicts the past, while the second depicts the future as it has been affected by their decisions. The intent of this work is to reach out to people who may be making similar mistakes in their lives, and urge them to reconsider. The research portion of the work consists of studies conducted by outside sources, which were used to inform the artistic decisions for each portrait.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 5-4-2020


David Asfah Mohallatee

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Department of Art and Design

Access Options

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars


Art and Design