My inspiration for this heart design was my mother, and her own father who died of a heart attack.
I wanted to do something special for mom, to honor her memory, and to honor the memory of her father, who I never had a chance to meet.
The bird is meant to embody the mystery and magic of the raven as it represents transitions in one's life. The key, which has been presented to the new owners, is symbolic of hope, opening of new doors, rebirth.
It was a meaningful project on many levels and the symbolism was meant for my own period of transition; feelings of loss, grief, and finding hope and new strength through it all.