Subject Tags: biblical, bible, oar, row, sail boats, sailboats, sailboat, mast, miracle, jesus christ, jesus, fishing boats, rowboat, boat, cresting wave, ocean waves, waves, wave, storm clouds, storm painting, storm, seascape, sea, portraits, portraiture, portrait
Size: 40"W x 30"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2016
Ready to Hang
A surrealistic interpretation of the Biblical account of the miracle of Jesus walking on water. (I have certainly taken some creative license here to increase the drama.)
After some research into the Sea of Galilee, a wave of this size without rain is possible. The Sea of Galilee is 700 feet below sea level and warmed by the beating sun. Surrounded by a mountain range that reaches to 4000 feet above sea level and generates a high atmosphere of cold air. This combination creates sudden, violent gusts of powerful winds. The strong winds roar down and whip the sea into a torrent of large waves and high winds.
The Bible records the disciples could not row against the storm. Their boat has crested a large wave and has begun to slide down the backside. Oars can be seen through the spray. The wooded mast and cross spar forms a symbolic cross that John clings to. Thomas can be seen pulling on a line to keep the mast upright. Peter has not stepped out of the boat yet but pulls hard on his oar toward Jesus. In these pre-dawn hours, Jesus is seen calmly walking up a wave toward His disciples.
Art and creativity has always been part of who I am, but I only really started to focus on painting full time at the age of 50, following a long and successful career in advertising. As an artist, I love working in many different styles and exploring a wide range of subject matters. The beauty of online galleries lies in their eclectic art collections, and without the pressure of brick and mortar galleries dictating what I paint, I am free to paint whatever inspires me. Painting for me is an experience of falling headlong into inspiration. An image I come across will stick in my head and refuse to leave until it finds its way onto the canvas. My work is visually diverse, and there are very few painting styles that don’t inspire me in someway or another. My paintings range from abstract and cubist, to impressionistic and realistic. Most recently, I’ve been inspired by quirky and retro TV shows to tell a story through my paintings. The lighting and cinematography of these shows inspire me to paint dramatic moments in time, and I create unique, intriguing characters that are open to interpretation.