From the Black Butterfly series. Charcoal on mylar drafting film with white illustration board underlay, 24 × 30″.
I started this 4 years ago, intending it to be an ink and watercolor wash piece. I never got up the nerve to finish it – it is quite large and I wasn’t very comfortable with watercolor. The references I used were photos of myself and my husband in our early 20’s.
My husband is a musician, and the butterflies in the series are representative of the artist’s muse. All of the models for this series are artists from various disciplines (actress Marilyn Monroe is Aphrodite in one work).
In this piece, the lilies and the intertwining branches are taken from works by Leonardo Da Vinci. The Celtic elements of triple spirals and knot work are symbolic of our three children, my Irish heritage, our intertwined lives and inspirations, and are also appropriate as a reminder of our journey to Ireland this past year.