Portals of Change
16" x 20"
Acrylic on Canvas
Whether they are pushed or self-propelled, they pass through the portals of changing life...
My own daughter is 16. It's a turbulent time of life for girls and boys as they wrestle the wheel from the sometimes desperate grasp of their parents and practice navigating the adult world on their own. In witnessing the teen chapters of life unfolding in my daughters social network, I join all of you who have a young woman to pray for... It can be difficult to discern when they need us to let go, when they need us to grip and ground them, and when they just need a compassionate witness.
The giant pink rose is a symbol of adult decisions and the need for adult guidance. The circular portals are the many initiatory experiences that teens will jump through, push or pull each-other through, or may turn away from altogether. the little blue rose buds describe the sweet and miraculous beginning stage that they are actually in, the veil represents the sacred loving protection from living, ancestral and universal presences at play in each child's development.
Its a privilege to grow along with them. May we all hold our eyes open to gifts that they truly are.