Forbidden Fruit (45.5 x 61 cm)
This painting of Eve in the Garden of Eden, is a study in colour harmony. Blue, green, and yellow-green are harmonious, cool colours and they seem further away than does the bright, red apple in the foreground.
Eve is the principal subject, and the artist has placed her on the canvas according to the rules of composition, and almost on the ‘Golden Section’ line. Her golden hair falls over her body, as her arms reach forward with the forbidden apple in her hands. Her hand is replaced with a snake’s head. The snake represents Satan, the tempter, telling her to eat the apple that God has told her never to touch. There is light on the apple tree, (The Tree of Knowledge), in the central portion of the painting, and it has lots of lovely, ripe apples. Meanwhile, an eye watches from the sky.
An apprehensive mood prevails in this pretty painting that hints at the Surreal. The story is found in the Book of Genesis, in the Holy Bible.
Acrylic on Masonite, date unknown. (Cleaned and framed.)