That you may have life

2007

About the painting

Rainbows are huge for me. I love them because I have to find the dark to see them. Placing my back to the light, pursuing the search in the dark clouds, there they are – all the colours in the universe arching in one (or two) shining bows, reminding the dark that it is only vapour.

I tried so often to paint rainbows, finding twee results. This just catches a moment. It is hard to see on this photo, but the painting is mounted on glass, of which you can just see the faint outside edge. The glass mount is just that, glass. See through to whatever, reflecting whatever. The rainbow is the light, the glass almost water.

The title is from the gospel of John, my favourite theologian, who has Jesus say, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly”.

I wrote about rainbows:

You have to know where the light is

To see the promise

In the dark.

You can catch glimpses,

Without knowing.

If you stare at the dark on those caught times,

You’ll see the coloured promise.

Stare.

Study.

Wonder.

Know the light behind you.

Study its source.

Then,

each time you see the dark,

Drenched in dour and damp gloom,

Look.

With the light behind you.

Courage.

To meet the dark.

“I promise.”

“No more destruction.”

Life.

Light.

Available for Exhibition:
Available for Sale: Enquire >

« back to gallery

Top