Acrylic painting on cradled panel.
The golden wings of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) are a familiar but increasingly endangered summer sight across Ontario.
The adults can be found feeding on nectar-rich flowers throughout the summer, although the distinctive yellow and black caterpillars feed only on milkweed. These small but mighty insects are famed for their annual fall migrations to Mexico, travelling up to 80 km a day for 3,000 km. The following spring, their children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren will complete the migration north again.
The monarch reminds us of our own interconnections with humans and other species across vast distances. Their life cycle from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly gives us hope of transformation and renewal.
This textured acrylic painting uses modelling mediums, metallic paints, and crackling techniques. It is ready to hang as-is.