We delight in the beauty of the butterfly,
but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
— Maya Angelou

Butterfly Freedom
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.


15 thoughts on “‘Butterfly’

  1. You’ve brought me to tears of joy. Such a beautiful painting!!
    And thank you for answering my question so sweetly and eloquently with your wonderful memory. Every child should be so fortunate to have an aunt like yours to stimulate their imaginations and encourage them to be free and creative.

    The Angelou quote reminds me of something that my husband often says how people usually love the butterfly but hate the caterpillar, never really realizing the connection. Thanks BB, you’ve made my day!

    1. Aww, thank you! I was (am) so blessed to have an aunt that highly encourages me the field of art, and always wished/hoped to be an aunt like her…
      It is so easy to forget the caterpillar when you see the butterfly. Thank you for taking the time to read and for the encouraging reply back 🙂

  2. I’m so glad to understand the story behind your name! And this painting is totally gorgeous! I also love Maya and the quote and your expressions about freedom. It’s why I’m a bird here. Really lovely, BB, thank you for sharing your story. 💜💜💜

    1. Thank you so much, Laura! Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. Butterflies bring me so much life, so I can totally understand the draw of birds for you. Both have such a lovely freedom…
      Oh, and a little saying that brings me some encouragement when reaching out to grow… “What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?

  3. Despite being covered/surrounded by coffee stains, these butterflies display their glorious patterning in such rich colours and depth. Butterfly, to me, is the soaring of spirit and, as you say, of hope too! Along with a few other small ornaments from family overseas, I have a bright red butterfly stuck on the wall with them, in pride of place, as a continual reminder of this sentiment. Thank you for your Art, BB.

    1. Lovely description. Butterflies are so “freeing”. I have butterflies everywhere, and all those who know me, know that they could give me most anything butterfly related and I will love it. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by to view and leave comments!

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