INSPIRATION & SECRETS: This painting has so many intricate layers that transport you to mysterious places. Inspired by the song Phoenix, which is a hauntingly beautiful song by Inga Lijestrom that I played over and over when my heart was going through a major transformation. I was alone but not lonely. By passing through my shadows I came to life. Just like the re-emergance of the birds in the shadows then breathing again through her deep red dress, until ultimately freed into the skies of the unknown. Overcoming the big steps in life is so deeply satisfying.