Happiness is a butterfly

Happiness is a butterfly
(2019) oil painting 38x38cm
The symbolism:

Red anemone flowers symbolize forsaken love while the Forget-Me-Nots represent the memories of that love.
The ring which once symbolized the connection to her former beloved one has fallen to the ground and is lost.
Lying on the cold stone ground, desperate to replace her inner grief (signified by the tear) with a physical sensation, the heroine reveals that she has pierced herself with a dagger.
The weapon impales the skin, directly hitting the solar plexus, where intense emotional pain is felt.
Finally after being able to feel something other than emotional suffering, her relief (happiness) is signified by the butterfly which has landed on the dagger.

Awards

Art Room Gallery online – Merit Award 2020
Best Outdoor Still Life – PleinAir salon May2020
Best Artist under 30 – PleinAir salon Dec/Jan 2020
ARC Salon 2019-2020 – ARC Staff Award
Artists Magazine Annual Art Competition 2019 – honourable mention
BoldBrush painting competition – 2nd place Nov 2019
ArtaVita finalist – 2019
ARC Scholarship winner– 2nd place 2018
International Artist magazine Challenge No. 105- Still Life award 2018
3 paintings as ARC Salon 2017-2018 finalists