Giclée canvas print of swallowtail butterflies and purple peonies rising from a nautilus, with a Chinese vase in background

Joy of Spring

This painting was created around the time of Lent, which is a time of reflection and renewal in the Christian tradition.  


The vase (ping) is a symbolic representation of peace (ping’an) and harmony in the Chinese tradition.  In this case the peonies are depicted in purple – the traditional Lenten color that was once reserved for royalty.  The vase is resting on a nautilus which provides a symbolic representation of the cycle of life, and a connection with the Divine.  This element represents a family’s faith legacy which is often passed down from generation to generation, a spiritual foundation that provides stability and balance.


The butterfly is a universal