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Wind and Spirit

Watercolour on paper 10” x 14”   John 3

When I reflected on the passage describing Nicodemus’ encounter with Jesus and the conversation, I was drawn to the tension in Jesus' words between the ‘unseen and the seen’, the sound of wind blowing and its visible effect on a tree. I had to re-read the passage several times before I realized that a tree was not mentioned. The concept forming on paper gave feedback to my imagination as a tree rooted firmly, but precariously placed at the edge of the cliff represented the reality of this world. The wind and spirit are portrayed abstractly on the right side, with its turbulent incorporeal quality. There is a distinct interplay visually between a realistic style and the more abstract. The seen is calls to the unseen.