Description I wanted to paint something that would illustrate hopefulness after suffering a loss. It's that whole 'one door closes another door opens' thing. Only, I didn't want to paint pictures of doors. I had done that once in an illustration class and was humiliated by a nemesis classmate who declared my genius painting of doors was 'boring'. Well , you don't see her artwork here, do you? Although, maybe she is on here somewhere? I better watch what I write.. I chose to have the bird not only emerge from the broken heart shell, but to have that bird representing hope break the bonds of the frame containing the rest of the image to show that not only can you emerge from your sorrow, you can surpass it. Anyway, there is a weird story about this painting, and I do hesitate to use it because it is 9/11 related. But I will write about it here because I remember how it affected me.I sent this painting, the original, to someone who had influenced my life at that time in a good way, helping me through some of my own personal losses. She got the package right after the terrible events had unfolded on our television screens. She wrote me a letter to tell me about it because it just seemed so oddly fitting for that day. One of those sad, weird coincidences in life, I guess.