This is the second in a series of 16 paintings titled FIRMAMENT CRACKED - Inside Trauma. Sometimes it seems that all you believed was real and true is like a thin layer of paper which can crack and tear to reveal a far more dangerous and threatening reality. If the 'sky' or firmament which people once believed was a solid canopy above with God there to open windows so that rain or angels could descend on the world, is actually only an illusion, then we have to alter our belief system, don't we? When trauma comes into a person's life, whether in childhood or adulthood, all that they trusted and thought would be there to protect them, the benevolent overarching good that we want to believe in, cracks and tears apart, like a papier mache...
About the leaf:
The leaf you will see in all of my later paintings, is my personal artist signature and contains my initials, so it represents me, but also often takes a quasi-human role to represent a single person or an 'everyone'. The leaf changes, evolves, and its placement, size and colour are adjusted to suit the painting, which may include it as a sort of observer in the scene, a nearly hidden element, or even a focal point. It may represent various things, as well. It is left to the viewer to assign any meaning to it or to determine how I see it, myself.
More about me and my art
I have always loved Fine Arts and spent half a century focusing on classical music, becoming a professional musician and teacher of music. Then,...
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