Oil on Canvass, 18" X 24"
In the act of forgiveness, the victim finds healing. The weapon meant for harm melts into reward.
The torso is realistic because it represents the viewer as a real person.
The wound, dagger and diamonds are stylized because they represent more than physical wounds. Our wounds are emotional, spiritual, even psychological.
Forgiving the antagonist causes the dagger to melt. The diamonds are a depiction of spiritual reward gained through forgiving our antagonist. Where the diamonds fall, the wound is healing.
Finally, the wound gap is bigger than seems appropriate for the size of the dagger. We often increase the wounds we receive by dwelling on pain or anger or vengeance.
Emotions you feel when viewing this painting may follow in this order:
Pain / Anguish
Here the reactions take a forked path. You may choose to cycle back to anger and go through them all again.
from Sadness you may choose to melt the Dagger, moving on to:
Release of Anger toward the Antagonist
Acceptance of the Pain
Forgiveness toward the Antagonist
Peace that passes Understanding
“Impossible!” you say.
The Father and the Son say, Come!