Across the River Styx
During the paint out, I was drawn back to the small cemetery again and again. I did not want to paint a cemetery scene, so I eventually conceived this composite of images from my visits there. The painting is Acrylic 22 x 30 inches.
The abstract River Styx (a mythical river that we cross upon our death)is at the bottom, with a broken pathway for the viewer to cross the river and enter the painting. Everything from there up was taken from actual items in the cemetery. A welcoming bench awaits us and allows a place to rest after life's long journey. The large Oak tree represents the Tree of Life, with a fence indicating the many obstacles to our enjoyment of it. But there is light in the tree evoking hope and joy. The gates near the river, and one high in the tree, represent transition areas between levels of existence. The monument is a reminder of our history. The flowers are a symbol of transition; taken from a headstone carving, they represent life, but are non-living representations. St. Francis emerges from the leaves in the tree and represents a benevolent natural spirit to help us along the way. The other mysterious spirit figure next to St. Francis appeared on its own while I was painting. Perhaps the new owner of the painting knows who that is?
This painting sold during the reception.
Owner: Gallery Administrator