One's Own Home, Acrylic on 3x4 ft canvas 🎨This painting feels like a culmination of so much of what I've been trying to understand and become recently. Among many other layers of ideas, it is a visual representation of creative and emotional sovereignty. I have been exploring what it means to be a conscious, creative being that flows with the wisdom of emotions in the context of all the roles I play, often wondering what it is to assume the places of creative power and responsibility within myself without deferring to an outside authority. Here are a few thoughts on the symbols in the piece: The frog teaches us how to live in the liminal spaces between the fluid, emotional realms and the earthy material world. The hummingbird is associated with the North and the soul level of perception which sees through myth, symbols, dreams, poetry and music. It is a symbol of courage, joy and persistence. In yoga traditions, the second chakra, or energy center located at the womb is the center of creativity, pleasure, relationships and emotions and is called svadhisthana, which translates to mean 'one's own dwelling.' The rose, with its radial symmetry and vibrant color, is associated with the planetary transit of Venus, along with all goddesses and archetypes of love and sensuality. The flower is how I hope to exist, with my head, heart and depths moving as one, beautiful cohesive entity, with all my actions and offerings springing from that wholeness. The egg is a symbol of rebirth, creation, and potential. If you look closely, you can see a tiny crack on the egg, which is a nod to words by Leonard Cohen "there is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in." Points for anyone who can identify the background, which is one of the most violently beautiful places on earth where inexplicable energy formed jutting granite giants millions of years ago. .