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Two Sides of the Same Coin by Kitty-Grimm Two Sides of the Same Coin by Kitty-Grimm
One of the elements I find fascinating about Jane Eyre is her foil with Bertha Mason. In the book, Bertha represents everything that Jane has kept bottled up inside her: her pain, her sorrow, her rage and her desires. This is illustrated beautifully in the stage adaptation by Polly Teale, in which Bertha starts off as a kind of imaginary friend to Jane and throughout the play a part of her psyche. There's also a really interesting (and also pretty funny) analysis by Thug Notes that explains it really well and also has some other cool analyses on other book, including Wuthering Heights.

I wanted to illustrate Jane and Bertha as a reflection of one another, particularly showing Bertha as Jane's shadow. 
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Dear Ms. Grimm,

I really love "Two Sides of the Same Coin." I have written a collection of poetry called "The Jane and Bertha in Me." The collection is forthcoming from Kelsay Books next year ( The poems take Jane and update her with fishnets, fun, and modern feminism. There are also many Bertha poems in the collection, and the idea of doubles is a theme in the book. I am looking for some cover art. I would love to have your permission to feature "Two Sides of the Same Coin" on the cover of the book. Please contact me at
teamoth Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful! I love your style and the colours you use, they're very harmonic.
Kitty-Grimm Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
izclark Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
this is really fantastic :)
Kitty-Grimm Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
here-and-faraway Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist
I love how you are able to create art out of literature. I wish I was a good enough artist to do just that. The Brontes hold a dear place in my heart (although I have to admit that Emily is my favorite and I wish she would have written more...), so I always enjoy looking at your gallery.

 I love, love, love, love what you did here. Every drop of color, every line on this canvas symbolizes something. I've spent the past few days looking at this picture and every time I notice a new detail.

I'm not very good with words. I wish I were so I could convey how awesome this is and how much you "got" it.

Fantastic job! Thank you so much for always sharing! I cannot wait to see more.
Kitty-Grimm Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! The Brontë sisters have always been very special to me and Jane Eyre was the first of theirs that I read. I feel like their books really speak to me, so I try to translate what they say through my artwork.

I'm glad you love it so much and that the details have that kind of affect. 

Thank you again! :blowkiss:
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Very beautiful and I love the concept!  I don't know if you've ever read the novel Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys.  It is Bertha's background story--told from her point of view!
Kitty-Grimm Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I tried getting into it and maybe I'll try again, but for the most part I prefer to keep Bertha's story ambiguous because it keeps me open to more theories on both her and Rochester.
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June 28, 2014
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