“I first got the idea for this painting while I watched my uncle’s expression of awe and wonderment as he gazed, spellbound at the love of his life – my 100 year old aunt. It was as if she was being transformed before our eyes. Every color of the rainbow seemed to transpire through the melting layers of her translucent flesh. It was like witnessing a rebirth! I was able to see her, through his eyes, become a rare and magical butterfly from their own secret garden…and as my eyes filled with their garden’s dew, the mystical being fluttered and flew.”
“The world has been amazed by Nelson Mandela’s power to bring people together, so when he died I wanted to create a painting to honor him. I tried showing his spirit transformed into a butterfly, with wings made up of his dream to form a Rainbow Coalition that included all races and all nations coming together in peace and harmony. I wanted the drips in my watercolor underpainting to represent the sweat and tears that were endured by himself and his people for their freedom.
I decided to add some miscellaneous creatures to accompany him on his journey as a gesture of his all-encompassing nature. He is about to lift off on a joyous adventure with his choir of voices singing in harmony as one!”