What makes art so special is not just the artist's ability to bring an idea into physical form, but the hidden message - the artist's journey that lead to their unique style.
The representation of crows in art take on a number of meanings. They may be seen for their mystical value, or as a sign of bad omen. In many cultures, they are seen as messengers or tricksters.
In my art, crows are a representation of guardianship. These birds are incredibly intelligent, as many are! If you know me personally, I've likely told you at least once that my parrots are surprisingly intuitive - it's like having a toddler in the house!
When I was young, I had a close connection with my Grandpa Al. We shared the same birthday, and he made me feel safe. He passed early in my life, but I was told that he would say that he would return as a crow. They were an important symbol to him, and this didn't become relevant to me again until I traveled out west.
In Petrified Forest National Park, I would make my way through the trails and road and often find crows nearby. They were comfortable enough to approach, and always had an intelligent, deep gaze that made me feel safe and looked over. I spent many hours roaming trails alone, but never feeling in danger. The crow rode thermals overhead, slowly gaining altitude, looking out for hundreds of miles as they did so. Because of this, the crow will always be a symbol of intelligence and guardianship in my art.
Next time you see a piece of art, take a close look and see if you can find symbols that represent the artist's personal journey!