One of the more inspiring things about life is its ability to bounce back. When we get knocked down, we get back up. When a fire burns through the land, new life sprouts from the ashes. We regrow. We rebuild. We reinvent ourselves when failure inevitably comes knocking.
This particular painting is of course, of a phoenix, emerging again from the ashes in an explosion of fire. It symbolizes, for me, reinvention, adaptation, and new beginnings. It was painted for a friend, whose son’s name is an alternate spelling of the same word:phoenix. He’s probably the closest thing I’ve known to a kid of my own, and I miss him and his family dearly!
I thought I’d kick off my new blog with one of my favorite pieces. I created this painting to serve as a color piece for my living room. It turns out a lot of other people love this painting, too!
I decided to enter this piece in the Gulf Coast Art Directory’s “Dreams Within Me” online art contest. You can see the current entries here. If it makes the final 10, I’ll be on here soliciting your votes for the winner. 🙂
This painting took on a whole new meaning for me in 2012 when my hometown endured a raging forest fire that almost destroyed my family’s home. To me, one of the most compelling things about art is its ability to invoke different, and even changing, feelings for each person viewing it, in every season of their lives.
I hope you enjoy and I welcome your comments and feedback!