"Mariposa" (Special Variant) - 24x24"


"Mariposa" is Spanish for "butterfly," which is apt for Maria Montessori for many reasons. The butterfly directly over Maria's heart is growing exponentially and infinitely, which is my symbolic gesture representing how her heartfelt teachings and practices help children grow into beautiful people. As the butterfly silhouettes grow larger, they begin to resemble angel wings, fitting because Maria Montessori is a saintly and angelic figure in many people's minds and hearts.

This work was a gift for the owner and director of the Montessori school that my two sons grew up in. But this is not just a school; everyone involved with our boys became a part of our family, especially their lead guides and the school's director. They were finally able to open a new campus after years and years of planning (and of course lots of blood, sweat, and tears, literally). The new school is beautiful and amazing, and is a symbol of how hard work, dedication, and love pays off. During their grand opening party, I wanted to give her something special as a token of appreciation for the years our sons spent there, so I created this work solely for her. She told me later that this was "the nicest gift anyone had given her." I was touched, but this is just art. What she and her loving staff did for our boys might be the nicest gift anyone has given us.

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"Mariposa" (Standard Variant)

24x24" Museum quality signed/numbered fine art print (Ltd. Ed. of 50) + Certificate of Authenticity: $150

10x10" open edition unsigned mini-print: $25

Many have asked for "Mariposa" to be available for purchase, but I want it to be unique and special for the person it was made for. Thus, it will stay as a one-of-a-kind original and will never go on the market. At the same time, I would feel odd leaving everyone else out. So I have created the slightly augmented Standard Variant seen here for those of you who - like so many of us the world over - love and appreciate the power and genius of Maria Montessori and want to be able to own a version of this art dedicated to Maria's legacy.

Shown on the wall, not necessarily to scale (frame not included).

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