byron taylor studio
gilding the lily series

The definition of "Gilding the Lily," is to unnecessarily adorn something that is already beautiful. The expression is a condensation of Shakespeare's metaphor in King John: "To gild refined gold, to paint the lily ... is wasteful and ridiculous excess." This is not an indictment of personal decoration and enhancement - I'm a firm believer in the rights of the individual.

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