39-1/2" x 32-1/4" - On canvas edition of 120
50-3/8" x 43-1/4" - Deluxe hand embellished on canvas edition of 25
A Word from Michael Parkes: Venus is the Roman name for the Greek goddess, Aphrodite. Generally, Venus is the goddess of love and sensuality. Venus represents the descent of divine feminine energy into the physical world. The waters of the sea can be seen as the tumultuous emotional body of humanity. She is the balance for the present distortion of aggression on earth. Her presence is of calm, knowing, patience, and love. Her tools are not the swords of the battle field but of beauty and harmony. I have used the flying figure before in my paintings. He represents the announcement of a major cosmic event. Here he is announcing a divine being, or consciousness, descending into a physical form to help the earth. The mask that Venus is holding is the mask of sorrow, confusion, and misery. Behind the mask, there is the promise of what this feminine energy brings. Take the symbolism for what it is. It is not important to understand or even agree with the symbols I use. What I do want is to offer my art to people to enjoy and enhance their lives with the beauty of color and light.