Often women are held back from their true power by the pull of their life. Children, marriage, religion, grief, family, low self-esteem, society's demands - can be both wonderful and suffocating. When a woman chooses to rise and be all she can be she will flourish and maybe even find that the very people she thought were holding her back are her biggest supporters!
The Lotus flower is regarded in many different cultures, especially in eastern religions, as a symbol of purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration and rebirth. Its characteristics are a perfect analogy for the human condition: even when its roots are in the dirtiest waters, the Lotus produces the most beautiful flower. Cherry blossoms are a symbolic flower of the spring, a time of renewal, and the fleeting nature of life. In this painting, I use both of these symbolic flowers to depict both the beauty of women supporting the growth of other women and that life is too short to be anything other than sisters!
My first painting in 30 years! I wanted to show that we are all born perfect with the opportunity to be anything we choose. However, it is often the negative words of others that change our path. When we can learn to rise above those words and actions, we can be anything we choose.
As women, we bear the physical scars of childbirth and breast cancer that can steal our femininity compared to society's perception of what good looks like. But I believe that our physical scars are what makes us, we grow stronger through the pain. And sisters, we should definitely be strutting our amazing beauty like a peacock!