Happy Valentine’s Day

I really like Valentine’s Day. Expressing affection in a profligate manner is endorsed for one day only. This linocut illustrates 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, an oft-quoted passage about love. I illustrated this passage with butterflies that live in Ontario, Canada, where I grew up. When I was a kid, my dad would take my brothers and I out to overgrown lots in our town to catch butterflies, take them home, draw them and identify them, and let them go. Many of those lots are filled in with new developments now, and some of these butterflies are in trouble (like the monarch in “always hopes”). So, on Valentine’s Day I’m thinking about my dad’s love for us kids and for these insects (his dad loved them too), the love of a world filled with so much beauty, and what it takes to love it all back. I made this print last year in Guadalupe, California.

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