This depicts the story of Jonah and the whale from the Old Testament, with a self satisfied, child-like whale, pleased for being obedient to God, and with Jonah surrounded by light within as he prayed for deliverance.
I used the image of a milkweed in the late fall to depict the idea of the life cycle continuing, with the past the beauty of the former, and the possibility of the future, both palpable in every present moment.
In response to the divisions highlighted in the 2020 election in America, this painting considers that in art, contrasts are a good thing, and can be complimentary, mutually supportive, and even harmoniously appealing. This can also be true between faith traditions, as well as within religious organizations.
It is tough when friends pass on too soon, even when it is of “natural causes.” I found this comforting to paint while coping with a recent friend’s passing. It is of a her pausing to contemplate the bright abstraction of the eternal afterlife, just before stepping through.
In this painting, hidden among the search lights, are religious and philosophical symbols. Truth is not always obvious and can take time and persistent light to find. Sometimes embedded in the mosaic of mystery, we discover that it is the both the shining of the light and the pursuit that is important.