Sunday, December 23, 2018


Strength, from the Roots and Wings Series by Sara Harley
My roots will ground me
as I reach for my dreams.
With each new season,
I will blossom and grow.
When ill winds blow,
I will bend but not break.
I will nurture and protect
those who take shelter with me.

I wrote this verse during the months between surgery for breast cancer and commencing radiation treatments.

I needed something to give myself motivation to carry on.

It remains one of my favourite inspirational writings to this day. 

Does these trees look familiar? (yes, there are 2 trees in this image). I used also used this image as the basis for "Strength" in my Stroke of Emotions project.

Strength is from my solo Roots+Wings exhibit held at the Margaret Hennigar Public Library in February 2018. Each image was paired with verse to represent emotions ranging from devastation through rejuvenation.

I believe trees represent growth and strength, with roots to ground us in our traditions. I see birds in flight as symbols of freedom, with the power of dreams and life renewed. Together, Roots + Wings create powerful images of inspiration and tools to heal the soul. These images are a symbolic representation of emotional healing, from devastation through rejuvenation.


To view the complete collection of images and verse from Roots + Wings click on this link.