Artist Statement. Freedom Rose for Dad

A unique, emotional mixed media flower painting.  This 8x10-inch hand-embroidered rose blossom is part of an acrylic painting that also features beadwork. Inspired by my father, Joe Mallin, who had polio as a child. My Zeyde told me a story; my Dad went into the forest and threw away the orthopedic brace, then crawled back home, determined to live free of its restraints. I was awestruck by his courage. Thus, I created this painting in his honor, with the large blossom representing him and the small blossom symbolizing me. 

The rose is hand embroidery. There is also bead work in this piece.  



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