Barbara E Shepard's choice of form, shape and colour comes from a passion for the beauty and powerful forces that exist in the natural world. As much as she has a love for the appearance of things, it is the underlying psychological meanings that interest her. The Life Cycle Trilogy uses an abstraction of natural forms to convey the potential for renewal in nature and the psyche. New life is concealed within dead plant forms. Thus dried up seed pods, the source of these pictures, take on metaphorical and metaphysical meanings related to the female body and the natural and spiritual cycles of birth and death. The pregnant contours of forms within these paintings shroud the seeds of renewal. The high key colours she uses emphasis the energetic processes at work beneath the surface and the outer appearance of things. This is a half sized the original oil on canvas. This giclee print is also on canvas.