Today I’m showing the first of the Alchemy series of paintings. This one is titled “Alchemy: the cave where we were all born”. The title harkens back to a time of prehistory, to remind us of our beginnings, yet there is gold present (and can be seen in a couple of places on the surface) that is symbolic of change and development in humans collectively and individually….a kind of metaphor for transformation of the soul or spirit. The darkness can represent base emotions, but can also mean the place of the womb….a place of quiet incubation. This painting was also inspired by a cave in the Numinbah National Park. It’s quite a low but protective place and has a waterfall next to it, which gives an enlivened feeling to the place. It was probably used by earliest Australians for many thousands of years, and has previously had glow worms living there. The references to water are observed in the vivid blue and white of the painting, and the water at this cave is indeed a brilliant hue.