Zephyri Californica Ascendit

A painting. Zephyri Californica Ascendit is watercolor and mixed media on paper.
Zephyri Californica Ascendit is watercolor and mixed media on paper.

Zephyrus is the god of the West Wind. He is capricious and playful, speedy and warm. He is the primary antagonist in the Hyacinth myth and appears on The Tower of the Winds in Athens.

The piece is watercolor, ink, acrylic, and metal foil on paper. The five figures are filled with scenes of California: the Santa Clarita Valley, a map of Los Angeles, monarch butterflies, California poppies, and a California scrub jay. The three spaces that surround him represent the prisons of fire, water, and earth, through which the villain-made-hero ascends. 

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“Zephyrus is my personal patron-saint-jimminycricket-bodhisattva, and this is my song to him. It captures the moment when he realizes he can recover from the destruction he caused. It’s filled with images of California—of my childhood. It is a capture of the first glimpse of hope after a journey through darkness.” — Artist K Ryan Henisey 

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