This is a mixed media painting depicting a guardian owl with his talons locked tight on a broken heart. The image represents self-love and the ability to protect your own wounded heart on your own terms. I created the piece after an epiphany I had regarding grief and loss.
Until I understand true spiritual love, the unbreakable kind that is our birthright, my heart is vulnerable. Along the spiritual path I personally travel, I know that I will come to a point where my heart is no longer breakable because I will completely grasp God’s ever-present love. But I am a human who is not always spiritually wise. It is in these moments when my heart can be broken. People and their words and actions can cause me pain. I can suffer deep loss and grief. In the past, I dismissed these difficult feelings. I ignored them and tried to get my life back to normal as quickly as I could.
This fearless guardian owl represents a more powerful response. This owl says, “It is safe to feel. I will protect you. Your broken heart is safe with me. I will ensure you honor your pain. I am here to remind you that you are allowed to feel grief, loss and suffering for as long as you need to. There is nothing shameful in that. You will come out the other side. I have your heart in my hands and I am flying it high above the insanity of this world. I will help you to see who you really are and when you are ready, you will open yourself to love once more.”
This piece was created with acrylic paint, hand-painted paper, reclaimed jewelry, beads and clay.
Dimensions: 16″ x 16″ x 3″