The tree of good and evil


(2012) Charcoal and gouache on lining paper. 225 x 168cm


I never know how a painting is going to turn out. I can’t know, I just feel that it needs to be painted.

I loved the initial sketch for ‘The tree of good and evil’. Again I referred back to sketches from San Marcos and it tied in with the meditations I was doing at the time into the Kabbalistic Tree of life. As the painting emerged I became quite disgusted with how ugly it became but kept going to see what would emerge..

The final image reminds me of sheafs of corn and symbols of abundance so often referred to in teachings in my Catholic upbringing. I like the reference back to the tree of life referred to in religious and spiritual beliefs globally as a symbol for life on earth.