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Oil on Canvas
12 × 12 inches

I have been fascinated since childhood with the juxtaposition of pagan (Celtic) and Christian symbols as conceptual ideas representing celebrations of nature (garden), fertility (egg), and hope (tree) and these images are often interwoven with contemporary issues throughout my visual palette.

“The empty nest is often interpreted as a dreaded event filled with emptiness and loss, however I believe it can be an exciting time of new beginnings, both bittersweet and celebratory.”


birds, bittersweet, blue, flowers, garden, inspirational, light, renewal, women, leaves, trees, sunlight, original art, marianne smith dalton, branches, nature, vivid, vibrant, colorful, impressionism, decorative, fauvism, oil painting, oil paintings, post impressionism, stems, sky, dreaming, traditional

A resident of rural upstate New York, Dalton is an active proponent of historic preservation and land conservation.

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  • Earthmonster
    Earthmonsterover 5 years ago


  • Thank you.

    – Marianne (Smith) Dalton (mdaltonart)

  • WaleskaL
    WaleskaLover 5 years ago

    Love it!

  • WaleskaL
    WaleskaLover 5 years ago

    It has a melancholic feel to it, so beautiful!

  • Thank you, she “speaks” to the many transitions I have been going through in my own life.

    – Marianne (Smith) Dalton (mdaltonart)

  • Tammera
    Tammeraover 5 years ago

    the feeling in this is so what it is like…very captivating emotionally!!

  • Tammera
    Tammeraover 5 years ago

    you should add this to feminine intent also!!

  • I did so, at your suggestion, thanks! I appreciate your comments.

    – Marianne (Smith) Dalton (mdaltonart)

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuover 5 years ago

    fabulous art

  • Marianne (Smith) Dalton (mdaltonart)
    Marianne (Smit...over 5 years ago

    Thanks everyone for the feedback, it is appreciated!

  • Catrin Welz-Stein
    Catrin Welz-Steinover 5 years ago

    What a beautiful image!

  • Thank you!!

    – Marianne (Smith) Dalton (mdaltonart)

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityover 5 years ago

    Astonishingly beautiful xx

  • Thank you so much!

    – Marianne (Smith) Dalton (mdaltonart)

    ROUBLE RUSTover 5 years ago

    Fabulous piece of art with fab colours too.

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