January Picture

She is the bleakest time of winter personified - cold, cruel and dark. She is of the underworld, nature dissipated back into the realm of archetypes and pure potential, to be reborn when the cycle begins again. The image is also loosely influenced by the myths of Holda, shaking her blanket of snow; and of Janus, the Roman deity whose two faces look both back to the old year and forwards into the new, after whom this month was probably named.

10in x 10in watercolour on paper

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