The Ouroborous, the snake eating its tail, is an ancient symbol of infinity and rebirth. As I was creating this painting I was thinking about how my own presence on Earth is part of a continuum, floating between the past and the future. When I was a kid I often looked at the full moon and saw a smiling benevolent face shining down on the world. Un-poetically the moon is a barren ball of rock reflecting the sun’s light in a cold orbit. But, despite all scientific logic, seeing the moon fills me with a sense of well-being and wonder, it’s constant presence suspending me on a rhythmic ribbon of moon-time between people who have come before, and people yet to be. The plants in this painting refer to growth and connection to history. The house is a reference to alchemical symbols and sacred architecture: the geometry expressing the interconnection of the 4 cardinal elements; the central axis (Axis Mundi) represents our connection with nature and spirit.
Looking Forward, Looking Back is 18″ x 24″ x 1.5″ oil on wood.