Meghan Howland’s paintings evoke Shakespearean sonnets with their meditations on youth. Young, pretty faces and bodies are paired with bird wings and lush floral arrangements. These symbols of beauty are tinged with a sense of melancholy as we come to realize that they are impermanent (“And every fair from fair sometime declines / By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d”). Since we introduced Howland’s work last year, she has deepened her focus on a mythological depiction of nature. Take a look at some of her latest work below.