This image was done as part of a series of ideas on the transformation of a woman into a dragonfly. It was also part of a series of four paintings that demonstrated the cycle of life (Birth, Growth, Flight and Death) and the elements (Water, Fire, Air and Earth). It originally contained some human imagery as well. However, it was part of a class project and the teacher thought that it was too literal and told me to remove the metamorphosis and human imagery. I changed it as fantasy art or even hinting at fantasy was unacceptable in college and I wanted a passing grade. Thus, the series appears only to be a dragonfly in its various phases of its life cycle. Unfortunately, I think that all symbolism has been lost and only when I tell the viewer the intent that it makes any sense.This is the Birth/Water piece. A dragonfly starts its life the water as a “nymph” (I love how that word has a dual meaning for us fantasy peeps). Also, all life began in water, so it made sense for this to be the Birth/Water cycle of life.