The story of “Beauty and the Beast” is about transformation, beginning with a curse that changes the young prince into the beast he has become, and ending with the curse being broken by the power of love, and the beast turning into a man. But the curse also encompasses his surroundings, the castle and all those involved in his care. Growing up, the prince became selfish, self-centered and self-serving. Most of us share a bit of these qualities, if we are honest. They come naturally to us and are easily recognizable at the toddler stage, when we are two to three years of age. But through child development, we usually grow out of that stage. But the prince did not. We are not told exactly why, but he remained riddled with these selfish characteristics to a point that seemed narcissistic. And most puzzling about this is that narcissism seems to affect everyone and everything around it for the worse.

So in this scene we experience cold snow amidst jagged rocks and a sky riddled with clouds, broken walls, and rose petals falling, all a bit like pieces of a puzzle. But also in this scene remains the hope of transformation – a gradation of blue sky, green pines, and the vines of pink roses growing up and out of the shadows and into the light of the sun.

The original painting of “Transformative”, framed with the original painterly border, is available at The Art of Disney in Epcot. Deluxe Prints and Framed Painterly Print Limited Edition reproductions are available at Disney’s Festival of the Arts 2022 and while supplies last.