The Angel Bee image presented itself to me in 1998 at a time when making art was part of recovering from deep personal grief. The theme of the Angel Bee resulted in a series of eighteen paintings; each unique yet each emerging from my template image representing Divine Inspiration and the little whisper of guidance we ignore to our detriment . Thirteen years elapsed between creating these images and becoming a beekeeper.
My inner creative life was touched by the Honey Bee Diva in 1997 and after a swarm arrived where I lived in 2011, my outer world is now inspired by the cooperative society that is a honey bee colony.
This shamanic communication between Honey Bees and humans is not new in any way; ancient cultures have expressed the sense of honey bees being a gift from the Divine. After more than thirty million years on earth, human behavior is pushing these magical creatures far beyond their intended purpose, and as a result of human carelessness in our relationship with nature, bees are dying all over the world. Honey Bees are communicating with us about the destruction of our world and their kind. Many of us are listening as we are called to change our way of life in service to survival of the honey bee..
The painting featured on this page, ‘Meditation” will be the cover image for The Bee Whisperer: Natural Methods for the Hive Steward which I am currently writing. Until this book is finished “Meditation” will be the temporary cover image for “The Day the Honey Bees Disappeared,” my children’s book about a young girls first-hand experience with Colony Collapse Disorder which is available as a Kindle eBook.
My series of Angel Bee paintings is available as a set of note cards, some are blank, some come with a few words of wisdom. Proceeds from sale of these cards support education about the plight of the honey bee.
Anaiis Salles, founder, Green Sanctuary Community Apiary located at the Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia, PA
‘Meditation’ Angel Bee ™ painting by Anaiis Salles © 1998 All Rights Reserved