Strange and Wonderful Peacock, 30×48
This painting is really about the transformational magical beauty we see in ourselves and others when we have the courage to trust our intuition, be comfortable in our own skin, be proud of who we are and live authentically with our whole hearts. I was inspired to paint this enchanting peacock with iridescent wings, bold flowers and little birds tucked here and there because it reminds me of a vacation we took to a beach resort a few years ago when my daughter was only a few months old. There were gorgeous tropical flowers right outside our room with peacocks and flamingos strutting around everywhere. I was a new mother; afraid of everything, feeling unsure of my role, weary as can be. But I remember this moment, as I held Evelyn in my arms, when we both became mesmerized by these beautiful creatures flaunting their feathers. She giggled, I smiled, and thought to myself, "I got this!" Once again, Evelyn and I were exposed to these beautiful birds a few weeks ago at my friend's farm. As we gathered their fresh feathers from the ground, the intention for me to use to create this painting, Evelyn proclaimed she wanted to be a peacock for Halloween. She pranced around the house in her costume we made together with the feathers for days before Halloween!