Congrats to member Barbara Sarvis! Her painting was chosen to be on June June 2021 cover of Adanna : Women and Politics (Special Edition) Founder/Editor, Christine Redman-Waldeyer. Here is what she says about the painting:
In the winter of 2020, COVID-19 re-introduced me to an unfinished portrait painting hanging on my studio wall. For several weeks, I stared at the woman in the painting while listening to news on the radio. Feelings of rage, sadness and powerlessness overpowered me regarding immigration, systemic racism, climate change, equal rights and a woman’s right to choose.
The young woman in the painting became an Earth Goddess, a protector of all living creatures. I placed her and two birds behind a barbed wire fence restricting their mobility, symbolizing “the power of a few over the lives of the many”. But the bluebirds on her shoulders are unrestricted and can fly free, but choose to be comfortable secure and protected by the Earth Goddess. This reflects the concept of choice, which brings hope that someday the bluebirds will learn to take action and be the source of change, conquering their fears and educating the apathetic to teach equality and justice for all.