Oil on canvas.
It was never my initial intention to show this painting. I was painting this purely as a private project, for my own enjoyment and devlopment as an artist.
I worked on it over several years. That doesn’t mean it took me several years to paint, it just means I worked on it at my leisure over that time. It started to get some attention from friends and visitors to my home, and I was eventually encouraged to exhibit it. I have shown this painting in several exhibitions, getting praise from some well respected art critics, and it has become one of my most popular paintings.
Quite often people ask me about the symbolism in the painting with regards to the Twin Towers in the eye, and the Tsunami like wave, because I painted this before either of the tragic events. And the bald headed portrait in the eye is that of Aleister Crowley, a man who was considered to be the most influential occultist and dark prophet of all time, a man who came to be known as The Great Beast. When I get asked about the symbolism of it all I simply say this. It has important meaning to me, but I like people to find their own meaning and story in my work. What kind of tears do you shed for the future? Those of joy or those of sorrow?
I sold this painting for £1000. It went to a good home, so I felt good about letting it go.