24 x 36 inches
oil on gold leaf canvas
Here she is finally safe to embody as living and fully empowered.
Daphne (/ˈdæfni/; DAFF-nee; Greek: Δάφνη, Dáphnē, lit. 'laurel'), a minor figure in Greek mythology, is a naiad, a variety of female nymph associated with fountains, wells, springs, streams, brooks and other bodies of freshwater.
There are several versions of the myth in which she appears, but the general narrative, found in Greco-Roman mythology, is that due to a curse made by the fierce wrath of the god Cupid, son of Venus, on the god Apollo (Phoebus), she became the unwilling object of the infatuation of Apollo, who chased her against her wishes. Just before being kissed by him, Daphne invoked her river god father, who transformed her into a laurel tree, thus foiling Apollo.