The artist shared messages via his paintings, and he did this mainly through the use of colour. In this painting he has used a combination of colours; red, gold, blue and white.
Here the white coffin is representative of perfect glory where, upon death, the human loses earthly connections and become glorified, holy, and at one with the Lord Jesus Christ and the angels.
There are three golden crosses. The larger cross is representative of Christ’s cross, where he suffered and died for mankind, and the two smaller crosses represent those of the two thieves who were crucified with him on Mount Golgotha, (Place of Skulls). Instead of being hard, cold, wooden crosses, in this painting they are made of gold. Gold is the colour of a glorified, risen Christ and the jubilation the Christian person experiences when Christ becomes part of his or her life. The blue colour in the background represents Christian hope. Red represents thanksgiving and praise.
When a person dies we celebrate his/her life and give thanksgiving and praise that we were able to be part of that life.
The painting had deep meaning for the artist. Whilst not his neatest painting, it has a message for the viewer. Does it hold any meaning for you?
Acrylic on Masonite, date unknown.