This painting is an interpretation of the Tarot 13 Death Card, an inspiration I seem to revisit frequently. The Death Card lets us know that we are due for a change, the “death” in question meaning the end of something we are done with, or maybe something that is done with us. A relationship? Job? Living situation? Or even just a state of mind. Death in this case doesn’t mean an ending. Instead, it is the beginning of something new.
The fanciful skeleton in this painting is part plant, sprouting branches and flowers. The skull is modeled after an Aquilegia (Columbine), a flower that grows in shade. Underneath the plant’s roots is a chrysalis awaiting its own rise and transformation into something beautiful.
The eye that hovers over the skull represents a higher spirit rising above the material world, an alchemical idea about changing base elements into gold.
The phrase on the banner, Vitam Mortem, is Latin for “Life out of Death” or “Life from Death.”
From Death comes Life is 18″ x 24″ oil on cradled birch wood, and is available in my studio. Contact me for details.