Another manifestation of the heavenly Phoenix on earth, the Peacock is also a symbol of dignity, beauty, power and wealth. It has a hundred eyes on its tail which are believed to activate fame, luck, promote public admiration and bring positive motives from other people.
It is said that the magnificent peacock is able to relight the fires of an ailing relationship with the fiery energy of the animal. In decorative art, the peacock symbolises dignity and beauty. In China, the bird was a symbol of the Ming Dynasty, representing divinity, rank, power, and beauty.
I grew up in Uzbekistan, where peacocks were not rare, and yet I was inspired to draw this picture after visiting the Blair Drummond safari park and having this most beautiful royal bird walk up to me, with such grace and finesse, and yet with so much trust that my heart was touched deeply.
However, I was drawn to the contrast between the male and the female, the yin and yang, the effervescence of the male's flamboyance contrasted with the calm, serene beauty of the female.
This picture was delicately painted over ten layers, taking many days to complete.