One of my most favorite sounds is the the songs of the birds early in the morning. As the days are growing longer and the chorus of birds that live in the meadows and gardens of our land wake me up bright and early, I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by the land that our home is nestled in.It provides so much inspiration for me to incorporate in my artwork. Lately I have been working on a series of birds taking flight from their cages. The inspiration from this series is a story from my childhood. As most little girls do, I loved kittens and puppies, but I also had a fascination with birds and spiders. This is a story about how I wanted a pair of sweet finches to have as my pets. My mother would tell me that birds should be free to fly, but after a lot of pleading, my father gifted me my wish on my birthday (just around the corner June 20th) and I was so happy. Then a few weeks later I woke up and found one of my sweeties not doing so well and it died. A few months passed and so did the other. It was heartbreaking and I felt incredibly guilty.
This Spring I have been working on a series "Set Them Free" as a tribute to the caged birds. I suppose for some people they can be good pets, but for me I enjoy them in their natural habitats or as in my artwork outside their cages discovering their wings.