I had a couple (who happen to be near and dear friends Lisa and Jeremy) ask me to do this heart /tree combo. Trees are one of my favorite things to draw, so I jumped at the chance. This couple is full of energy and passion and they share those things with a large community around them. This, as you imagine, takes heart. A heart that powers the way we grow, the way we shine, survive, learn, bloom, breath, and give to others. It can create a pretty powerful life, that is strong and will stand the test of elements.
It reminds me of the Yggdrisil (look it up) which has a great Viking legend behind tree (the species is debated on) but to sum it up - this tree is pertinent to our existence. The Heavens above, mankind in the middle, and the earth below us. It also reminds me of Gov't Mules song, Soulshine - which is where I got the name. It serendipitously came on my shuffle of music the day I finished this.