Persephone’s Ascent was created as an expression of my interest in mythology, magic, and nature. I always imagined Persephone would be vengeful upon the gods of Olympus for allowing her condemnation as the taken wife of Hades. My painting depicts her rising from the depths of the underworld, bringing a spring of death. She has ravaged Mount Olympus, decimating it with her blackened roots. Her pomegranate glows with the magic of the underworld as she rises in majesty at the destruction she has wrought. Her blackened roots continue to spread through the fields, hinting that her conquest does not stop with the fall of the Olympians.