The Hero | Character Archetypes | Flora & Fauna Symbolic Art

Here is “The Hero.”

The Hero. 36″ x 48″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee

This painting is one of twelve in my body of work entitled the Archetype Collection.

The idea of the twelve character archetypes, invented by Carl Jung, is that there are universal, inborn models of people, behaviors, and personalities that influence human behavior.

The Hero. 36″ x 48″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee

Fiction writers and all kinds of storytellers use these archetypes as a helpful device when creating characters in a story. In real life, no one person fully embodies any one archetype. Rather, this is a useful device for us to describe parts of ourselves that we all have in different measures, which may come to the forefront at different moments in our lives.

Detail: The Hero. 36″ x 48″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee

Meditating on the essence of each archetype can be an inspiring and empowering reminder of the different strengths that exist within our own character. These ideas can help us answer the continual question of who we want to be in our lives.

I chose to paint animals and plants that humans have associated with the various traits inherent in the different archetypes. Some of these symbols are shared across different world cultures, others less-so.

Artist with her work: The Hero. 36″ x 48″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee

Perhaps looking at this image will help awaken this part of your character a little bit, reminding you of a well within yourself that you can tap into when needed.

The Hero proves their worth through courageous action.

The Hero. 36″ x 48″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee

The brave tiger, as well as koi fish, are symbols of courage.

Detail: The Hero. 36″ x 48″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee
Detail: The Hero. 36″ x 48″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee
Detail: The Hero. 36″ x 48″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee

The koi fish are red, as are the gladiolus flanking the tiger like a warrior’s pointy spears.

The Hero. 36″ x 48″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee
Detail: The Hero. 36″ x 48″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee

Red is an energetic color that represents strength, courage and action.

Detail: The Hero. 36″ x 48″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee
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Detail: The Hero. 36″ x 48″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2023 Cedar Lee

Contact me if you’re interested in purchasing the original painting or a print of this artwork.

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