The Heroine or Shero for this painting knows what it means to survive and be brave. She came into this world with a thirst for knowledge. As life moved forward she would learn to call upon her ancestors powers of magic, and nature to help her through the troubled times the world would cast in her direction.
Though magic and wildness had been with her from the beginning, they were hidden due to the fear which may arise from living an authentic life. For you see, the fear of being exiled sometimes comes to those who chose to live authentically. She was often taught to please others. She learned early to be a “good girl, don’t be too wild, don’t laugh too loud, sit with your knees together, sit up straight, don’t be so boisterous, don’t be so sensitive, don’t get too fat, don’t be too skinny, spare the rod spoil the child, don’t cry or I’ll give you something to cry about”. Rarely will someone ask, “What do you love”? “What makes your heart sing”? “What fills you with JOY”? But that’s only part of her story.
You see she is a bit of a rascal. Inside she sees, and she knows, and she remembers. It begins as a whisper, the longing in her soul no longer staying quiet. This Remembering grows from a spark into a flame. What do you need? Who will you be? What do you love? And she will listen. And she will begin to hear……..the songs her grandmother sang. The stories told long ago. The old ways of magic, of plants, and water.
Our Shero will return more frequently to the natural world. She will remember the wildness and freedom she knew before. No longer will she be complacent, no longer will she stay quiet. She will speak, shout if needed. She will laugh out loud. She will sing and she will dance. She will stand for others. She will work for justice. She will live authentically. And she will be…………..FOREVER FREE.