We delight in the beauty of the butterfly,
but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
— Maya Angelou
Pen, Watercolor, Coffee
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
My love of butterflies started as a young girl. Every single time I saw a butterfly, I was filled with inner glee (and still am to this day)! Butterflies are music to my soul. To catch a glimpse of one dancing in the sunlight or flittering around a flower fills me with life. More than just the simple beauty of the butterfly, I love the symbol of life… transformation… that a butterfly reflects. And, the lessons that can be taught by them.
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly. —Richard Bach
So, how’d I get the ‘butterfly’ in my name? Thank you, Killing Jar Studio, for asking!
I believe it was my artist aunt that started calling me ‘butterfly’. Back before email, I would find lovely letters through snail mail (many of which came from my artist aunt). They were the most precious letters… filled with art along with the stories of our lives. Such beautiful treasures I still have to this day. (Goodness. How I miss getting letters in the mail.) So, the butterfly drawings and my aunt naming me ‘bretta butterfly’ stuck. And when the time came to commit to my artist name, I delighted at the thought of being known as a butterfly. Free. Free to create. Free to flitter and flutter through every day life. Free to dream. Free to be filled with life. To share that life with others. Full of strength. Full of hope. And a hope to bring music and smilies to those lives that cross my path.
Today a caterpillar – tomorrow a butterfly.
Don’t lose hope because you never know what tomorrow will bring.