Each painting in Reclaimed Hearts are made of up torn paper hearts, reassembled back onto the canvas. Even though my heart has been broken, and lived in a broken state for many years, I still have the ability to put it back together and claim it for my own. It may have scars, but it is strong and beautiful.
The addition of whales, seagulls and pelicans represent the stages of my healing. Whales for the internal deep dive I had to do in order to face my past, my accountability and responsibility. Pelicans for the feeling of bliss that came with realizing that my heart could, indeed be mended as I grew and found freedom. Seagulls for the drifting that occurs after a period of growth and renewal, as we become comfortable in our skin, and await the next period of growth and uncomfortableness to arrive.