Why do I paint owls? Many of you have posed this question to me, and it has caused me to pause and reflect. Why owls? The way that I arrive at a subject is not a cognitive decision, but rather an organic process that is guided by my soul. It is an inkling, a nudge that moves me in the direction of my subject. So at your prompting, I began to reflect on the symbolic meaning of owls and why they are popping up in my work. What are these owls trying to express? Owls are associated with spiritual and intellectual wisdom, foresight, protection, intuition and transition. These are qualities that I have long been cultivating within myself. It's no wonder, then, that owls have found their way into my paintings.
Hearts. So cheesy, so sticky sweet. I hated that I loved painting them, over and over. I encouraged myself to search for more serious or meaningful subjects, but I felt a nagging urge to paint hearts. One February, with the pretext of Valentine's Day, I let go and fully indulged my desire to paint hearts. It felt amazing! I realized I had no business judging or criticizing what my soul wanted to express. And curiously, I find that people actually like hearts. Why wouldn't they? They are cheerful and jubilant! As an artist, painting hearts is comfort food for my soul. Likely the first symbol I learned to draw as a child and doodled on countless notebooks throughout my school years, the familiar task of drawing them is both soothing and uplifting.