From Which You Were Hewn

1999

About the painting

Oil on canvas, mounted on slate

This canvas began life in the early 1980s when I was painting in Milton Keynes.  It moved, unpainted, to North Oxford and then to Cowley.  Something of its journey spoke to me of the journey to life itself.  In this calm, which reminds me of my loved Lake District, I see Creator God.  The title comes from Isaiah 51, a plea for the created to remember their creator.  From that creator rises life, hinting to what may be seen in the shape of the rocks in this work.  Mounting on slate, found by Stef, finished the journey of this canvas while emphasising the rock supporting all creations and journeys.

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