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Fig. 1.4 Aquilegia canadensis – Columbine

Fig. 1.4 Aquilegia canadensis – Columbine

7.25” x 10” Acrylic/Mixed Media on paper/Framed

Saskatchewan is a province of extremes – cold winters, hot summers, broad horizons and expansive skies. The plants and animals that are native to this place, have been tested by Mother Nature and developed an amazing array of coping strategies to survive their environment. The six pieces in this collection explore a few of Saskatchewan’s many wildflowers and their relationship with the world around them. Unlike many tropical flowers, Saskatchewan wildflowers are small–tiny even. You must get out of your car, and sometimes even down on your knees if you want to see them. But their ability to adapt to and thrive in our harsh climate is astonishing, their symbiotic relationships with insects, astounding. There is inspiration and profound meaning to be had, if only we take the time to look closely.

The columbine is a flower full of symbolic meaning. The blue columbine is specifically associated with Mary, the mother of Christ. The five petals of the columbine point to the five wounds of Christ. The ring of five hooked lobes is described as both a circle of doves and as the talons of an eagle — birth and death, the circle of life.


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