“Return to the earth”
Figure in Landscape No 12 2005
Oil Painting on Linen 750 x 1050mm
Australia as a landscape is populated by trees and characterized by its’ trees. Each painting in the series is a complex metaphor for aspects of human life. Trees are chosen for their sculptural presence and placed forward and central in the canvas much like a portrait painting.
This young Angophora certainly has a sculptural human like presence. On the side of a road cutting it has had its roots laid bare. The Angophora has an amazing ability for its roots develop into trunk material when exposed to air and to cope with any obstacle in its way.
This first group of paintings in 2005, has a common theme expressed in the passage from Romans 5:
“Not only so, but we rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us…” Romans 5:3-5
A tree with an easy life may grow straight and tall but does not develop character. It may be condemned to be only another tree in the forest. So also with humans, depth of character only comes through struggle and pain. Here is the greatest hope. But humans, like the trees will return to the earth. The figurative gesture of this tree reminds us of our judgment from Genesis 3:
By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken: for dust you are and to dust you will return. Genesis 3:19.
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Photo taken in Wollemi National Park, Wollemi NSW 2330, Australia
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