We are the phoenix of ancient times Sent to remind you of Nature’s Way To light inner fires with purpose Clearing the stagnant energies of the past
In a joyful uprising of rebellion We embrace renewal Through the burning away of what is not needed Providing fuel for positive change
~ Kim McElroy
The inspiration for this painting is one of the mysteries of my creative process. I cannot pinpoint exactly how it evolved, but like fire, it took on a life of its own. I remember doing a lot of research into wings and flight. I was especially inspired when I saw a huge winged wire horse sculpture suspended over the escalators at the Louisville, Kentucky airport.
When I first showed the painting I was disappointed that some people perceived of the fiery element as destructive rather than passionate. I have always been drawn to the mysterious and magical aspects of fire. I am a fire sign of Leo, and I was born in 1966, the Chinese year of the Fire Horse which happens every 60 years.