“For Rena” Oil on wood. 24″ x 24″ varnished and nestled in a XL wide 4.5″ elegant floating frame. This piece is in honor of one of my sweetest clients and long time acquaintance Rena Aker. On May 20, 2019 Rena left this world far too soon, leaving behind family and friends mourning her loss. Rena was the youngest of 4, she was a creative, outgoing soul… a lover of tattoos, essential oils, especially lavender. She started up her own company , and gifted me some of her favorite blends. These sweet little Black bottles of comfort. For bottling oils, dark glass is a protectant. The darker and more opaque the glass, the more protection it offers against oxidation. I loved the mate Black Rena chose for her bottles. She also loved feathers, moths, poppies, gold, and above all deeply rooted into her being, Mt. Shasta. A lover of the outdoors, all the same things as me…. I could relate to her, we had spend many tattoo sessions together. Client /artist relationships can be very special. And this was one of them. The sorrow I felt when I learned of her passing was unique unto itself, If only I knew the struggles she dealt with, within all of our time together, wish she would have opened up to me more about her struggles. What it is to feel bound by our emotions, hopeless and helpless. Those left behind feel Helpless, maybe carrying some guilt, that we could have done more. Rena reached out to me when she learned of a female Northern Flicker migrant bird that hit my window of my home. I found her lifeless body lying outside of the garage door. Rena encouraged me to look up its meaning, and she beat me to it…the “flicker demonstrates a new rhythm and cycle of growth. She shows the importance of healing love and the power of forgiveness. Insights and intuitions are activated and perceptions are changing. She teaches us how to connect with the earth and how to ground ourselves in nature with a vibrate vitality. Flicker aids in our ability to find deeper meanings and hidden qualities of patterns and coincidences. She teaches balance and harmony in the spiritual and mental realms.”
You are missed Rena.