STORY BEHIND THE PAINTINGS — Flying around British Columbia

I have a good friend who takes me flying around the beautiful Okanagan and Nicola Valley in his small engine plane. The thrill and exhilaration of take-off and landing in a two-seater plane is like no other. The buoyancy one feels is akin to floating in water or the bouncing of air against your body when skydiving. The adrenaline rush is such that you somehow feel closer to “spirit”. This “spiritual uplift” is what Freedom Flight attempts to convey.

Teyjah and the plane

Teyjah beside her friend's plane

Freedom Flight has its main emphasis on two subjects; the butterfly and the hummingbird. The third form is in process of morphing from one thing to another.

The butterfly is usually regarded as a symbol of transformation because of its metamorphosis process. Here the butterfly is symbolic of celebration, lightness, and elegance in a time of transition.

In Greece, the butterfly is associated with the soul. This is also true for Asia, New Zealand, Zaire, as well as with the Mexican Aztecs. The butterfly is also a symbol of resurrection in Christianity. The butterfly beckons us to keep our faith as we ourselves undergo transitions in our lives.

The Hummingbird also speaks to self-discovery and finding joy as you savor each moment flitting from situation to situation. In the Andes, the hummingbird is seen as a symbol of resurrection as it seems to die at night but returns to life in the morning.

The Hummingbird is able to fly backwards as well as forward and is tireless in its pursuit of the sweetest floral nectar. The Hummingbird reminds me, in many ways, that it might be of value to look back but it is in going forward that we really learn the beauty in each day.

The fluttering wings of the Hummingbird move in the pattern of an infinity symbol. It attests to continuity and resilience. For me personally, it is a symbol of accomplishment, perseverance, and finding magic in being alive; the magic of the moment.

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