It's my silver anniversary of painting!
When I began this painting I was trying to find an image to portray some of my thoughts about peace. And when I was walking to the park one day I saw these crepe myrtle trees that were growing together. The trees wood resembled human bones and even had people's initials "tattooed" onto their "arms". I later found out that in the Bible the myrtle tree is used as a symbol for people and more specifically believers. (Zechariah 1, Isaiah 55) So I thought it would be the perfect symbol for my questions about peace. Peace has a lot to do with the relationships of people- and depending on your point of view one could see the tree as growing together or apart- coming closer to peace or farther away from it- just like the fluctuation of all kinds of relationships throughout our life. The inscription “PAZ” on the tree is a hint to this idea and can read as either initials or as the Spanish word for peace. (See painting detail below.)
The style of this painting references Japanese prints and also stained glass windows.
See this painting in progress here.
Bible, Ephesians 2
"A painting lives by companionship, expanding and quickening in the eyes
of the sensitive observer. It dies by the same token. It is therefore a
risky & unfeeling act to send it out into the world."
-Tiger's Eye Magazine 1947.