This piece "Cherish" is framed, as seen in the 2nd and 3rd images. The final dimensions are 60.5 x 60.5cm.
It is an ode to the long tradition of Dutch Golden Age painting. Emerging out of the midnight–black void, the subjects allude to the transitory nature of existence; to life and death. This chiaroscuro effect is used for it’s sense of drama and the emotional impact it implies. Undeniably feminine, the work presents a balance of delicacy and strength and highlights the turbulent relationship man has with nature.
The female in question appears with a European mink. It is an endangered species in and illustrates the fragility of time, and makes the subject relevant and poignant to today. It’s a warning about mortality and our righteousness. It make us stop and considered the excesses of mankind and it’s impact on our fellow companions on Earth.
The female is contemplative, even serene. The measured calm suggests to us that she understands and accepts her responsibility to keep the proper spiritual balance in life. This feminine aspects adds a feeling of preciousness and nurturing.
It is my desire to make these images more permanent, to freeze time, suspend a moment and capture natures beauty before it is too late.
Acrylic on gessoboard
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