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Watercolor on Canvas
Artist Statement: This portrait was inspired by the story of a breast cancer survivor, and I tried to capture the depths of endurance it takes to go through all the treatments and surgeries required by choosing special colors and plant meanings.
I chose butterfly wings as a motif, since the Inspiration identifies with butterflies, and I was reminded of the Monarch Butterfly's long migrations every year.
The plants included in the wings are:
Cypress - Mourning, Death
Blackthorn - Hope Against Adversity
Marigold - Pain, Grief
Dandelion - Endurance Through Hardship
Aloe - Grief, Healing
The plants in her body are:
Vervain - Pray for Me, Protection Against Evil
Geranium - Determination
Borage - Courage
Bamboo - Longevity, Strength, Grace
Magnolia - Perseverance
And sprinkled throughout the painting are tiny Speedwell, which means "Safe Travels."