Fern & Oak


Venus // The Lovers

The Lovers (strong emotions - a choice of the heat that cannot be made by logic alone, and represents the power of the human heart) depicted as Venus, the Roman goddess of love.

I originally was going to go for the Greek version, Aphrodite but I really wanted to do a similar set-up to Botticelli’s Venus as I wanted to draw the goddess on the shell and I thought that was Aphrodite!

I really liked painting this goddess and got her finished quite quickly, as the background is very simple. I decided I didn’t want to do two people/ lovers but instead take a more symbolic approach, having Venus look quite despairing, alone and clutching her heart adrift at sea.