Wood Anemone (Anemone Nemorosa) , 2012 56.5cm x 76cm acrylic on 88lbs paper
Anemone, symbolisizing dying love, derived from the Greek for ‘windflower’. In Greek mythology the anemone sprung from the tears of Aphrodite as she mourned the death of her love, Adonis. In folklore the anemone is believed to bring luck and protection against evil. The flower was said to foretell rain by closing its petals, and fairies were believed to sleep beneath the petals of the wood anemone during the night after they closed at sunset. The anemone is also called thimbleweed and smell fox, an allusion to the musky smell of its leaves. The Chinese aptly call it the flower of death as it contains poisonous chemicals such as the toxin protoanemonin.