Madonna and Birth of Ideas by Carollyne Yardley, Oil on wood panel, 24" x 36", POR

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Madonna and the Birth of Ideas is a direct reference to how Squirrealism was born from painting just one little squirrel. According to my career and vocation horoscope, ideas are the food of life for me. Many mothers would exclaim that their children provide them with the same nourishment. Using the mother image, and central icons of both the Catholic and Orthodox churches, I have represented my version of “Mary” with her child “Jesus.” The chalkware squirrel reminds us how the birth of ideas can also bring us hope, and uses humour to create a fresh perspective. It also acknowledges the privilege of living a creative life.