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. When we are done, we’re done: Movin’ on. But death in this case doesn’t mean termination, it means germination. Like a fallen tree sprouts new saplings and habitats for all kinds of new life, endings start new beginnings. That is why the fanciful skeleton in this painting is part plant, sprouting branches and flowers. The skull is even modeled after the blossom of an Aquilegia, a flower that grows in shade. Vitam Mortem is Latin for “Life out of Death” or “Life from Death.”
Vitam Mortem is 18″ x 24″ oil on cradled birch wood, and is available in my studio. Contact me for details.