Fleur de Lance


Fleur de Lance, Acrylic on Gallery Canvas, 20″x 30″ by Jilene Schafers

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While on a trip through Central America, I encountered a beautiful, yet deadly Fer de Lance snake. Unfortunately, the snake had to be killed for the protection of the people living nearby. I decided to honor its life by creating beauty from it’s death.
Through this painting I explored the coexistence of beauty, peace and fragility in death.  The portrayal of a creature many people find to be frightening and repulsive among beautiful and delicate orchids creates an interesting juxtaposition. I invite the viewer into an inquiry of their own presumptions, the often narrow beliefs we have about how things are, and allowing space for another aspect to show through.