Spiral of Life

Acrylic on canvas, 2018

137 x 142cm

‘ What a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love’       - Marcus Aurelius


This painting is a celebration of the mystery, magic and regenerative nature of Life; begun during Autumn 2013 and completed in Spring 2018, taking in several swirls of the yearly cycle.


Pentagonal growth and the golden spiral offer a mesmerising expression of the interplay of elements within the Oneness of existence. Spirals unfold abundantly throughout nature, giving us repeated glimpses of an underlying order to things: a ratio of relationship between parts of things and the wholeness of themselves; between whole things and their surroundings, echoed through and through and through.


I give attention to the five-ness of the Bramble and the Rose; wild, thorny, vigorous producers of delicate fragrant flowers and treasured fruit. The Rose, though symbolic of divine beauty, Love and perfection, also bears sharp thorns for protection: teaching us of tenderness, humility, to never take for granted Life's blessings. 


I offer heartfelt thanks to the Great Mother Life, for this unceasing spiral journey of transformation and constant renewal of perspectives!

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