Flora ~ Roman Goddess of Flowers

Flora ~ Roman Goddess of Flowers

Artist Statement•Devi Series

I am a lover of gardens. Working the soil, tending the fragile sprouts, harvesting the bounty. Watching the magic and resilience of the garden has always inspired me. Especially the flowers.

From new life to death, from purity to passion, flowers hold many meanings in myths and legends. Swelling from tender bud to full bloom, flowers show us the transience of youth and beauty as they wilt and die; the ultimate fragility of life itself.

The Devi series features my interpretation of Goddesses of Gardens, Plants and Flowers from mythologies around the world. Devī, Sanskrit for "goddess" is one who is revered and worshipped for their supernatural power and earthly divinity.

These goddesses, rendered in encaustic mixed media, are inspired by the Roman flower goddess, Flora, who is often portrayed with a blossom-crowned image. My hope is that these faceless feminine portraits with blooming headdresses will inspire all women to recognize themselves as creators of beauty, planting hope and unleashing the fragrance of healing with each unfolding rosebud.