Metahores of life No. 1 is the first painting in a new series exploring the beginings of life and the unusual life, almost miricles, of trees. This work is 400mmx700mm Oil on Linen. In a very small crevice a very small tree takes root. It's scale is about one to two. So almost life size. The tree moves out horizontally over the rock seeking the light.
Painted on Location at Gross Vale under one of the most stunning views in Australia “the way of a tree on a rock” celebrates the start of life. Painted close to a one to one scale we are forced to focus on and consider the ways of creation.
“There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand:
The way of an eagle in the sky,
The way of a snake on a rock,
The way of a ship on the high seas,
and the way of a maiden with a man.”
Serpentine on its qualities this tree slithers toward the light. It reaches out hand like to receive the gift of life. Yet it has found its being some time back as a seed wedged in a crevice, a natural funnel for water and precious nutrients.
Over the many years of painting around Australia I have been fascinated by the small beginnings trees have in often tenuous situations. Australian Landscape has traditionally been about vistas often imposed on us by a European sense of space and design. The paintings “Uluru” and “Egeneto” from The ‘Figures in Landscape’ series germinated this new series – Egeneto is Greek for becoming, used in the Genesis One Septuagint text for let there Be and in John for The word became flesh. In ‘Metaphors of Being’ we celebrate creation intimately.
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Photo taken in Grose Vale NSW, Australia
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