Rose Awaiting
OIL ON CANVAS. ORIGINAL SIZE 31.5x23.5 in

  • The symbolism of the rose has many layers of meaning.
  • The rose is well known as a symbol of love. The rose can unite two people –although it also has been about division, as in the War of the Roses.
  • The spiral twist of its petals is a symbol of energy, both male and female – yang and yin are forms of a spiral.
  • In Roman homes, a spray of roses would be hung over the table to signify that what was said under it would remain secret. We still have the expression "sub rosa dictum" or "said under the rose."

The triumphant symphony of love created by the artist in the bouquet of roses admits a simple but unexpected detail: an ox-eye daisy – the symbol of guessing if "he loves me, he loves me not."

Skillfully you interlaced
Your curling petals with an ox-eye daisy.
Will love come?
Waiting slowly melts away.