“Consider the Lilies”
“Welcome to the Wedding Feast”
“Stripling After Battle”
When Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, they were cast out of the Garden of Eden. Ever since then, access to the Tree of Life was restricted, and Cherubim with a flaming sword were placed to guard the way. Ever since then, man has been seeking to regain the presence of the Lord that was lost when access to the Tree of Life was lost. The Temple is the symbolic return of man into the presence of the Lord. The Ancient Temple of Israel had two rooms, the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. The Holy Place is a sacred space symbolic of the covenant life, but the Holy of Holies is the most sacred place, symbolic of the presence of the Lord. These rooms are separated by a veil which symbolized the denied access to the presence of the Lord resulting from the Fall.
Like Adam and Eve, we are separated from the Tree of Life. Being born into mortality a veil was placed between us and the Lord. And although the Tree of Life is obscured from our view, we can still sense it. In these paintings, I have sought to depict this condition by gessoing a square of canvas right on to the board. This “veil” blocks a full view of the Tree of Life but allows for a silhouette to still be seen. And as the ancient Israel temple veil was made up of three colors- Scarlet, Blue, and Purple- the under-painting for each of these three paintings are made up of these same colors.