“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it too to blossom”. – Anais Din
Based on a profound life changing butterfly encounter, one of my first artistic projects as I was learning to paint, was to dedicate a handful of years to painting a Butterfly Series in honor of my mother and the meaningful gift she gave me. Though I no longer paint these specimens, their majestic beauty does inform and inspire my art. I remain in awe of their perfection, colors and transformational qualities. I believe the butterfly is one of the most beautiful and magical creatures on earth. Their lives are short, but punctuated by courage, strength and grace. They are a symbol of freedom, transformation and renewal. Ancient traditions believed they carry the spirits and messages of our loved ones from the afterlife, and this I know first hand.