24" x 48" x 1/2" Acrylic on Canvas
Sally Fuller Richard - All Rights Reserved
Inspired by "2013 - Red Madonna January - Tree of Life"
with Shiloh Sophia & Caron McCloud
Conroe, Texas, USA
Finalist - William Chris Wines Artist Blend Competition 2016
Hye, Texas, USA
Inspired by a month long study with my art teacher, Shiloh Sophia, on the Kabbalistic concept of The Tree of Life, a symbolic grid containing the spiritual principles of Love, Balance, Gratitude, Strength, Laughter, Community, Prosperity, Health/Self Care, Giving, and Honor (my chosen spiritual principles, not all traditional). The painting began with my intention inscribed on the canvas.
“I am exploring my connection with the Divine. I am open to knowing how to flourish in my life as my Christed Self. I ask for understanding of my roots, which support me; an understanding of my trunk, which centers me & serves as a channel of my expressing my Christed Self; of my limbs, my leaves, my flowers & my fruits which I share with my Brothers & Sisters, for we are ONE. Thank you!” 3-23-2013
Words representing the Divine are collaged into the soil beneath the roots: Creativity, Grace, Connection, Sensuality, Family, Beauty, Compassion, Divinity, Faith, and Love. The Kabbalistic Tree of Life spheres (or Sephirots) are painted into one layer of the painting (Crown, Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge Love, Justice, Beauty, Victory, Honor, Foundation, and Domain). The butterfly, the dragonfly, and the wren are all symbolic of the connection between my physical self with my Divine Self. The flames represent that Divine Spark within each of us that may dim, but never goes out. The dots at the tree base represent my age of painting and the wisdom gathered throughout my years. The stars remind me there is something much bigger than what I see with my physical eyes, and the glow behind the tree honors the full moon.
This painting is named “Life,” to hold the guidance and the reminder that this is my life, and it is mine to grow and tend. We each bring our own special sparkle to be shared.
The sides of my paintings are painted red to honor the “Red Thread” tradition of many cultures. This tradition says that people who are destined to meet are connected by a red thread from birth. The thread may tangle and stretch, but it will never break.