And this also,’ said Marlow suddenly, ’has been one of the dark places of the earth.

“I turned to the wilderness really, not to Mr. Kurtz, who, I was ready to admit, was as good as buried. And for a moment it seemed to me as if I also was buried in a vast grave full of unspeakable secrets. I felt an intolerable weight oppressing my breast, the smell of the damp earth, the unseen presence of victorious corruption, the darkness of an impenetrable night"

I tried to break the spell—the heavy, mute spell of the wilderness—that seemed to draw him to its pitiless breast by the awakening of forgotten and brutal instincts, by the memory of gratified and monstrous passions. This alone, I was convinced, had driven him out to the edge of the forest, to the bush, towards the gleam of fires, the throb of drums, the drone of weird incantations; this alone had beguiled his unlawful soul beyond the bounds of permitted aspirations"
Quotes from “Heart of Darkness”, Part 3..Joseph Conrad

Watercolour on Arches Not Paper…thumbnail works are also inspired by H of D…

  • Conrad’s works always give me a very surreal feeling as I read them and none more so than “Heart of Darkness”…all through it I get the feeling of a world inhabited by strange creatures and other worldly humans…
    I wanted to interpret that feeling by painting a land that would evoke that sense of the surreal..I felt that at this point they had penetrated to the darkest depths of the swamp…only lit by “the gleam of fires”, surrounded by unspeakable horrors

I paint in many different styles and feature a myriad of subject matter, which I show as individual collections….
I am inspired by the world interpreting it in brilliant colours, often influenced by the writings of famous authors and poets..
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  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehover 2 years ago

    Very nice Janis – I feel in your painting you represent the ‘strange creatures’ through the trees, and here we see the trees that stand now, as well the ghost of those that have already died; whether naturally, cut down, dug out etc. And it isn’t only the shadow of darkness that roam this place, but the light of some other forces (or fairies?) – perhaps that which hides in the darkness…

  • According to Marlow, it was a bad place..a place with secrets, that oppressed, that frightened anyone who tried to penetrate it’s wildness…I hope I conveyed a bit of that in this painting…thanks so much MuiLing…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 2 years ago

    Very dramatic lighting, Janis, almost as if there is a fire creeping toward us.

  • Thanks so much Frannie…there were fires around them so yes that would be the perfectly right…so glad you saw it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Cal Kimola Brown
    Cal Kimola Brownover 2 years ago

    You have indeed captured the essence of what Marlow was saying Janis. Very apocolyptic.

  • Thanks so much Cal…I have avoided seeing any of the movies made about this book so my imagination of the scenes are totally made up…Apocalypse Now was one of them, so your comment is very apropos…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejover 2 years ago

    just beautiful….

  • Thank you so much Linda…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanover 2 years ago

    I read the book many many years ago…had no idea anyone could create such a beautiful work of art from it!

  • Thank you so much Heather…what a lovely compliment…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much Lorilee…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • ©Maria Medeiros
    ©Maria Medeirosover 2 years ago

    wonderful mood and texture. Lovely dark and rich. Mysterious and beautiful!

  • Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment Maria…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Richard George
    Richard Georgeover 2 years ago

    strong piece!

  • Thank you so much Richard…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 2 years ago

    Fantastic work

  • Thank you so much Maggie…really nice of you..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...over 2 years ago

    This is magnificent…..really……

  • Thank you so much KJ….I am so glad to see you…

    – © Janis Zroback

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