Out of the Woods

Suzanne Rende
38 S Beaver St, York, PA 17401

“I painted this mural in August 2021, when things were opening up after the pandemic shut everything down. This event changed the outlook of so many people; opened their eyes to see, maybe, they were not where they wanted to be…in their job, relationship, physical place. Although the pandemic brought such sadness and uncertainty, I’m hoping that many looked toward changing in a positive way…and also taking things a bit slower…tortoise-pace.

“A monarch butterfly symbolizes change, transformation and hope. The other animals are sticking together and following that hope ‘out of the woods.’ After helping one another, I imagine each gaining confidence to find their own way.

“The tortoise with moss and mushrooms on its shell symbolizes letting go of what you left behind; carrying a memory and lessons learned from it with you in your heart.

“The robin has been a symbol of good luck, happiness, rebirth and sometimes as a messenger for lost, loved ones. This little bird carried by the tortoise is a reminder to find contentment in life and enjoy the simple things.

“The fawn seeming gigantic, towering over the others, is a symbol of gentle strength, unconditional love, and compassion.

“I want to encourage others to slow down, have hope, learn from your experiences, hold your loved ones in your heart and the biggest one…have compassion.”

The Artist

Suzanne Rende

Since my earliest memories, I've been immersed in the world of creativity, from doodling to painting and sewing. My passion for murals took root when I painted my first one on my bedroom wall at 12, and it has been a constant in my life for over 30 years. Graduating from Hussian School of Art in 1993, I always strive to "paint happy," creating a dream world where animals replace people but retain human emotions and connections. My murals, spanning various states and spaces, led me to establish my own business, The Artful Nest in Marietta, PA, specializing in nature-inspired art. Through positivity, fun, and whimsy, I aim to convey happiness, inviting viewers to imagine the stories and relationships among the cute creatures I love to paint. I'm grateful for my journey and excited about the future.

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