River West Artworks
Original Art, Artisan Works and Photographs by Jan Jenkins and Brian Erickson

"Windflowers"

“I saw you, windflowers, in the shadows along the boreal trail I walked today, birthed from tears of sorrow shed by a desolate goddess who lost her love, her hope so long ago. And yet you happily continue on, bravely defy this harsh Manitoba land, survive the odds, nodding your pretty heads at my passing, anticipating the joy of rain on your faces with the closing of eyes, and lifting of heads towards the heavens in joyful anticipation and knowing you are exactly where you belong.”

This oil pastel sgraffito depicts one of our manitoba wildflowers in the company of butterflies. A North American prairie native, the Canada Anemone thrives along the Boreal trail we frequent in Riding Mountain National Park, naturally growing in moist wooded areas, meadows and other seasonally wet locations. It is also known as the windflower, from the greek “anemos” meaning breath, wind or spirit. Greek legends tell us the first anemones grew from the tears of Aphrodite, who wept for her lost love Adonis. Windflowers can therefore represent fading hope, yet they also symbolize anticipation as the windflower’s petals close when rain is coming. In ancient times, anemones were thought to protect against illness and evil, and people often wore or carried these blossoms. The roots of the Anemone are medicinal, containing a powerful natural antiseptic indigineous peoples used to heal wounds, sores, nosebleeds and for rinsing eyes. The butterflies signify transformation, lightness of spirit and good fortune, while their vibrant orange hue celebrates connection, a sense of belonging and joy.

Dimensions: 7.75" x 10.5", Medium: oil pastel, Substrate: on acid free paper. Price: $185 matted to fit a 16" x 20" frame.