Medium: oil on panel
“Awakening” is fuelled by my interest in narrative and story-telling. The painting is evocative of Shakespeare’s Ophelia and reminiscent of Pre-Raphaelite painters, who depicted female beauty and sophistication in a simple yet evocative way. The awakened heroine is apprehensive but strong. She is immersed in an overwhelming sea of darkness that has all but drowned her. Enigmatically, there is a mysterious and powerful light source that is illuminating her face. As we endure our personal and solitary journey of life, she represents the archetype for all of us, in our struggle to transcend the existential crises of our personal lives.