At first glance, the viewer is drawn to the rich imagery and color of Cassandra Barney’s Fine Art Limited Editions. One of the staples of Barney’s exquisite portraiture is her ability to layer her work with rich symbolism. “The Engagement” explores concepts of promise, commitment and hope. The uncaged bird chooses to offer a gift, presenting our heroine with a poppy—which is both beautiful and fragile. Within the poppy is a ring, the symbol of eternity and a flame, symbolizing desire. There are also a pair of poppies entwined and waiting to blossom.