Cherry blossoms have a special significance to Anna because of their deep symbolic meaning .
In the Japanese culture they represent the transience & fragility of life. In China they symbolise the feminine mystique of strength, sexuality and beauty.
With the symbolism around their short lifespan, they are also a reminder of being mindful & living in the present because life is fragile.
For creating this painting. Anna was physically studying different types of blossoms and her palette reflect the richness that each blossom holds within themselves. In this artwork she combined colours from several types of blossoms, reflecting on that blossoms as individual human beings, each ones special in their own unique ways.
Her initial intention with this piece was to create an artwork that encourages the viewer to be present and fully live every moment.
Anna invites the viewer to use the fleeting nature of life and the presence of death as a reminder to appreciate life and live fully.