48" x 48" | Mixed media on Baltic birch with details in gold + silver leaf. Edges of the painting are finished in gold leaf.
Symbols of rebirth and transformation sprout forth from the pages of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. Acrylics + oils are layered intuitively on pages reproduced from an 1857 edition of this beloved book of poetry.
The Lotus flower is regarded in many different cultures, especially in eastern religions, as a symbol of purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration and rebirth. Its characteristics are a perfect analogy for the human condition: even when its roots are in the dirtiest waters, the Lotus produces the most magnificent flower.
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