A traditionally based yab-yum figure sits in union upon an elaborate lotus throne. Their bodies are completely covered in classic tattoo and tribal markings. These outward markings show how we cover and decorate ourselves to reflect or disguise our inner selves. In each outstretched arm are traditional Tibetan symbols. Behind the figure emanates a pure golden light that shines forth from the black rain in the background. Red, orange and yellow Japanese maple leafs fall from above.
Below the figure is a black ribbon with the title of the work "The Jewel is Within the Lotus". Om Mane Padme Hum (the jewel is within the lotus) is a common mantra recited by Buddhist monks and practitioners who follow the Dalai Lama. The six syllables represent the purification of the six realms of existence. Its invocation is meant to bring spontaneous enlightenment.
A cobra adds an element of danger on the left side of the canvas, while a bunny, representing the pure innocence, sits on the right. These two opposing forces represent the two aspects of our mind that are always at play.
This painting asks us to look within to find what is beautiful through self-awareness. We may decorate the outside of our bodies but when we die we cannot take our skin. What we do get to keep is what is within ourselves.