"Mariposa" (Special Variant) - 24x24"
(SORRY, NOT FOR SALE!)
"Mariposa" is Spanish for "butterfly," which is apt for Maria Montessori for many reasons. The butterfly directly over Maria's heart is growing exponentially and infinitely, which is my symbolic gesture representing how her heartfelt teachings and practices help children grow into beautiful people. As the butterfly silhouettes grow larger, they begin to resemble angel wings, fitting because Maria Montessori is a saintly and angelic figure in many people's minds and hearts.
This work was a gift for the owner and director of the Montessori school that my two sons grew up in. But this is not just a school; everyone involved with our boys became a part of our family, especially their lead guides and the school's director. They were finally able to open a new campus after years and years of planning (and of course lots of blood, sweat, and tears, literally). The new school is beautiful and amazing, and is a symbol of how hard work, dedication, and love pays off. During their grand opening party, I wanted to give her something special as a token of appreciation for the years our sons spent there, so I created this work solely for her. She told me later that this was "the nicest gift anyone had given her." I was touched, but this is just art. What she and her loving staff did for our boys might be the nicest gift anyone has given us.
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