According to Texas A& M University, the iris means faith, hope and wisdom. Since there are over two-hundred varieties of irises there is a lot of symbolism and meaning attached to this flower. The subject matter for this painting came from the yard of a dear godly woman I know named Estelle. Estelle is a woman of faith and what we would call “a prayer warrior.” When someone is sick or hurt or in trouble in our church community, we call Estelle. She offers a heart felt prayer, and then she initiates the prayer chain. Those who serve in this ministry get on their knees, or at least their spiritual knees and start praying. And so it is very appropriate to call this piece “Estelle’s Irises.”
The iris is an interesting flower to paint with its shaped petals, puckers, curls and outstanding show quality. No wonder there are so many meanings attached to this flower. I enjoyed studying its form and considering the thought that God really enjoyed Himself when He created this flower.