The Saint and the Killer Whales
The Saint in this piece is wearing a space helmet which is part whimsy and surrealism and part symbolism.
It represents the idea of “being strangers in this world” as the faithful are described in Hebrews 11:13-16. The cartoon dog in her lap is a symbol of faithfulness and hope. “And He said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’” (Matthew 18:3) In the background, orca whales are swimming in the sky. The chaotic and threatening nature of this sight paired with the calm demeanor of the saint speaks to Christ’s gift: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27) The ripples on the side of the painting have a two-fold meaning. First, they represent the touch of God and how His influence in our lives has many wonderful repercussions we may never see. Secondly, they show how our own acts of kindness or cruelty can have effects long after the action is finished.
This piece is still available. Please contact Sara if you would like to purchase.