Contemporary Hare Painting by Artist Tandy Pengelly

Rabbits and Hares are magical and mysterious and full of life. They possess a deep connection with the sacred, eternal spirit of the earth.  Naturally, Hares and Rabbits are associated with fertility, sentiment, and desire. Rabbit meanings are also closely linked to the seasons, and the changes of Mother Earth, especially during springtime: ie: new life, new beginnings, and the undeniable underlying current of growth. The rabbit is a symbol of Ostara, an ancient Germanic fertility maiden Goddess. She is the epitome of celebrating new life; the expectant one and her vision only see the potential.

In every nuance of experience, Ostara sees indwelling life and keeps her attention honed there. She’s the reason spring unleashes its vitality – because she, Ostara, has kept her light bright, her vigil of life strong, and her focus of promise; even in the leanest months of winter.

In Buddhist culture, it is said that the Buddha, disguised as a hare, threw himself into the fire, as a sacrifice to the god Indra. His reward was to live an eternal life like the moon. The ancient Mayans thought the moon’s change of phase resembled the motion of a jumping rabbit.

With such rich history, this vibrant Hare came to life unleashing his vitality and eternal spirit.

Who Will Win is a 100cm by 100cm contemporary oil painting on a stretched cotton canvas.