Just a few days ago I sold this lovely painting. To see her soar away into the universe is a symbolic gesture and the last string in letting go of my past. Her flying away completes a journey for me. She was created during a time in my life when my own path suddenly became unknown. I was in a five-year relationship with a man whom I thought loved me as much as I loved him, but I was blindsided and my heart was broken like never before. Her wings are constructed out of a string lantern which I had previously created for what once was a dining room i shared with him. In the process of gathering and moving my possessions the string lantern collapsed and became the wings of Iris.
Iris is painted on a piece of stretched canvas that came free to me at a church yard sale while living in Woodstock, New York in 2007. She is in essence a painting filled with many different layers of past memories and moments. Out of all the paintings I have created and worked on, Iris will forever represent to me a time of major collapse, rebirth and transition in my own life.