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16” x 12” Watercolor and Ink on Canvas
Watercolor tribute to Montserrat, a Caribbean island (British Overseas Territory) that was partially (2/3) decimated by volcanic eruptions from 1995-2000.
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated during a week long festival, which honors ancestors who fought for freedom from their (mostly) Irish oppressors on March 17, 1768. Although they were not successful, it is their bravery which is celebrated.
Depicted rising above the pyroclastic activity is the Montserrat madras (part of the national dress established in 2002) and a representation of the hats worn during the Masquerade Dance at the annual festival (which in part mocks the former slavers of their ancestry).
The colors are important in that, according to the Montserrat government, they symbolize traditions of "peace, harmony and good-will, ..natural resources (forests and biodiversity), ..agricultural heritage (e.g. limes and cotton), ..national symbols (e.g. the gold Heliconia flower, Montserrat Oriole, and hairy mango tree), the faith and creativity of the people, and their courage and resilience in the face of oppression and disaster."