The In-Between

The In-Between, 2016 Donloyn LeDuff Gadson
The In-Between, 2016
Donloyn LeDuff Gadson


This piece depicts both the struggle and beauty of living life in The In-Between.

The woman, unwanted by either side, is sitting in the space in-between…the space called Otherness. Beautiful oaks line either side of the road, their boughs forming a blanket overhead. Oaks from Louisiana to her right. Oaks from South Carolina to her left. Yet, she is neither from here, nor from there. She is from nowhere, and from everywhere. No real place to call home. Displacement and The In-between.

The woman, unwanted by either side, is a beautiful blend. Not white; not black; not brown, yellow or red. But all. A rainbow. A compromise. Somewhere in the middle. But still…not black enough. Not white enough. Never enough of one thing to be fully accepted. Never fitting perfectly into any one box. Always pushed away. She feels the hands of rejection pressed against her. Exclusion and The In-between.

The woman, unwanted by either side, rests on a cracked foundation, and her roots are settled deeply in rocky terrain. Her base is questionable and her understructure was laid in fear, thievery and pain. Making her battle against outside struggles all the more difficult. Dysfunction and The In-between.

The woman, unwanted by either side, admits at times she feels alone, but that matters not. For she is strong, courageous, beautiful and unique. Her talents and attributes make her larger than life in the eyes of others. She is an oddity, a rare and priceless wonder. And because of her singularity, she refuses to conform. It is not in her design to yield to mediocrity. She rejoices in the acceptance, resilience and exquisiteness she has both created and found. Her light shines. Her power and artistry abound. Beauty and The In-between.



  • Angie R.

    Hey Dee,
    Thanks for sharing. You are truly one of a kind. Your art and words go hand and hand. You have the biggest heart of anyone I know. Keep inspiring others and continue to move forward in your journey and just know I am walking along side of you. Much love Chica!

  • Jodie Snyder

    Donloyn, your talent overwhelms my soul and moves me on such a deep level. The energy I feel while I’m looking at a drawing of yours or reading a piece you’ve written is truly palpable and a strong force to be reckoned with. Thank you for bravely putting yourself out there in such a beautiful and vulnerable way! Much love!

    • Donloyn LeDuff Gadson

      Oh Jodie…you just moved me to tears. My only goal is to be able to share my voice in a manner that is able to touch the heart of another. Knowing that I have done that with you brings me such joy. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Beautiful sentiments, such as this, keep me on purpose. Love to you!

  • Keisha

    Wow. Just Wow! You are an amazing artist and author! I continue to be amazed at your courage and immense talent.

    • Donloyn LeDuff Gadson

      Keisha, from the bottom of my heart…Thank you! This means so much to me. It’s never easy baring your soul for all to see. Nothing that makes you stronger ever is. Knowing that my work has touched another, makes it all worth it. And I am so happy that you like it. Thank you for always being a supportive friend!