Size: 12" X 16" Medium: Acrylic and markers on canvas board (*Prints may be ordered in a variety of smaller and larger sizes)
The paper crane is a symbol of peace, love, and hope, and healing during challenging times. Paper cranes are an origami classic, made popular in American culture by the stories inspired by the Japanese legend that one who creates a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish.
A few years ago I was given a paper crane as a party favor from my friend's wedding in the USA. It traveled to all the places we've lived since then including Italy, Myanmar, and now Malawi. One day recently my son was going through an old packing box and rediscovered it. We hung it up and just two days later I learned that the woman who made it, Dr. Ruth Starratt, an artist, educator, and Japanese culture enthusiast from Massachusetts, USA had just passed away unexpectedly. I decided to paint her crane and also infuse the background with more lucky Japanese animals to bring good fortune, healing, and prosperity to anyone drawn to this image.
Other symbols and meanings of the animals in this painting found in Japanese culture:
Crane: Good fortune, longevity, and weddings
Koi Fish: Perseverance as well as faithfulness and marriage
Frogs: Safe returns, good for travelers
Turtles: Wisdom, luck, protection, and longevity
Rabbits: Cleverness, advancement, and self-devotion
Dragon: A symbol of great power, wisdom, and success, and is said to bring strength, luck, and fortune.
Cats: Thought to bring luck, happiness, wealth, and prosperity
All my original paintings and drawings will be signed before shipping. I'll also make and send via email a personalized video message to you of myself signing the work and a description of the shipping process as I ensure it gets safely from my part of the world to yours (with love).