Just wanted to share my second mixed media canvas that I created for my sister. She is currently working full-time in a Kindergarten classroom and is also a student working toward her teaching degree. A few years ago, I gave her a Mary Engelbreit print (as pictured on the right), and she said that's what prompted her to enroll in a teaching program. It has not been without challenges and frustrations, but I'm proud of her for hanging in there. And so the theme for this canvas was born. Symbolic elements included on this canvas are the school-related charms, angel charm to remind her of her faith, buttons to remind her to continue to enjoy her needle & thread hobbies, butterfly and wings to symbolize her hard work that will lead her to the career she wants, the girl on the purple path that shows how far she's come and how wide open the future is, and the fence is a reflection of the obstacles that she's had to overcome--the hurdles she's jumped--rather than a barricade.