“Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” (Ruth 1:16)
This piece is a portrait of the main character in the Book of Ruth. She was a Moabite widow who left her country to return to Israel with her Jewish mother-in-law. Ruth eventually married a relative of her mother-in-law and was mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus. (Matthew 1:5)
The red drips form the tears she must have shed grieving her first husband. She was very loyal and courageous to follow her mother-in-law to another land. Her new husband, Boaz, was a kinsman redeemer and a type of Christ. The red drips also allude to the blood Christ shed to save us as our redeemer. The implied mountainous landscape refers to her journey to a foreign land.
The calligraphic line represents the word of the Lord or prayer language.
This piece is available for purchase through the Kelly D Kennedy Fine Art Gallery.