Mother's Love, 2013, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on canvas, 24"x30"
A group of palms often take on human attributes in my mind. This bright green hammock caught my eye in the softer colors of a winter prairie. The group consists of a tall sable palm, with a smaller palm on each side.
Are they related? Mother and children come to mind. One is clinging to her skirts and shaded by her love. It's slightly fuller than the other, but a little stunted in height. Mother is in the way of it's full growth. The other, slightly apart is standing stand upright on it's own in the warm sunshine. It doesn't have mother in the way, so may rise to greater heights.
Is there tension between the mother and child? The two children? Can all three survive with so few nutrients in the field. Will one someday be sacrificed for the benefit of the others?