I have always been fascinated by heraldry – of the various ways families shared their achievements or proclaimed their values. Traditionally, heraldic crests sought to capture both the actual traits and aspirationals of a person or family – who they were and what they stood for.

This collection revisits that old concept in a more organic and whimsical way. Each element within the image carries a specific symbolic meaning, interacting with the other elements and creating a loose crest shape.

Each piece includes at least one bird, insect, precious stone, and flower. These were created with specific people in mind, so the symbols take on a life of their own and converge as a kind of “character blessing.”

The crow

Watercolor on paper, 9″ x 12″

  • Crow: intuition, magic, destiny
  • Emerald: love, truth, self-knowledge
  • Spider: creativity, industry, patience
  • Fireflies: illumination, sense of wonder, the spirit of heroes
  • Mushrooms: magic and artistic wildness
  • Fern: magic, confidence, fascination
  • Lupine: imagination and creativity

The nightingale

Watercolor on paper, 9″ x 12″

  • Nightingale: virtue, creativity, nature’s purity
  • Blue Topaz: kindness, empathy, courage
  • Bees: community, brightness, industry, and order
  • Dandelion: joy in the midst of trials, faithfulness
  • Basil: love and marriage, healing
  • Moss: maternal love, charity

The dove

Watercolor on paper, 9″ x 12″

  • Dove: gentleness, eternal love
  • Jade: the “blessing stone”, used for both jewelry and weapons, strength and beauty
  • Ladybugs: prosperity and self-reliance
  • Magnolia Blossom: nobility and perseverance
  • Violet: modesty, virtue, steadfastness

The Robin

Watercolor on paper, 9″ x 12″

  • Robin: renewal, hope, and happiness
  • Sapphire: peace, intuition, and hope
  • Butterflies: Greek “psyche” meaning “soul”, transformation and lightness
  • Iris: passion and valor
  • Ivy: fidelity and attachment

The Swallow

Watercolor on paper, 9″ x 12″

  • Swallow: love, loyalty, and peace
  • Amethyst: peace, purity of spirit
  • Moth: faith; drawn to light
  • Sunflower: consistency and devotion
  • Oak Leaves: bravery

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