Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The River of Life

3 pieces 48 x 36 - Acrylic on Canvas - Private Collection  (Kelowna, B.C.)

The story behind the work:
Then he led me back to the bank of the river.  When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river.  He said to me, "This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Sea. When it empties into the Sea, the water there becomes fresh.  Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live.  Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds — like the fish of the Great Sea.  But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt.  Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing"....... Ezekiel 47:6-12

I was excited to recieve a commission of three large pieces, where I was given simply a palette of colours and 'a contemorary expression' to work with.  And I was even more excited when I realized the colours were perfect for painting one of my favourite passages.  This is that!