The two large Vanitas paintings pay tribute to individuals whose lives took on a public identity as cultural influencers or agents of change. The flower arrangements; symbolic and larger than life, are still life paintings that respond to “momentous events of history” while honoring the individual whose private life became public. The paintings are inspired by Dutch flower paintings, filled with symbolism and color devises that reinforce the historic event or people the painting is honoring. In Vanitas, Women of Change the preponderance of yellow and white flowers represent the suffragettes while the bee is a nod to Beyoncé (Queen B), and lady bugs can be found in all prosperous gardens like the flower arrangement depicted that honors women who have changed the world. In Vanitas, Black Lives Matter, the flowers are mostly perennials, symbolizing the lasting and continually recurring nature of the violence against African Americans by law enforcement. The name tributes continue to fall from the flower arrangement symbolizing the passage of time and perennial nature of the violence.