THE WHEEL
Oil on canvas, 50 x 58 in.
This work depicts the stages of life: infancy,
puberty, motherhood (cat and kittens), and old
age in the form of a circle to show the cyclical
nature of the wheel of existence.  The cycles of
life are also symbolized by the moon, which goes
through phases each month and is associated
with regeneration and the feminine. The girl in
the long yellow dress is taken from a photo of me
in childhood when I was a flower girl at a
wedding. The three female human figures in this
painting form the Triple Goddess, a cross-cultural
archetype of transformation associated with the
cycles of life and the moon. The infant holds a
butterfly kite, which connects her to the older
woman through a golden cord and there are also
butterflies on the shoes of the girl in the yellow
dress. The butterfly is a symbol of transformation
because it emerges from its caterpillar’s chrysalis
transformed. In the center of the circle is an
evergreen tree representing constancy because it
remains green, while the bird symbolizes spirit,
revealing that with all of life’s changes, there are
still eternals.