Secrets of Nature #5
Oil on board,
30 x 50 cms, 12 x 20 inches
This is the fifth oil painting in this series of artworks. Each of these paintings explore the idea that humanity is just a part of nature as a tree, flower, or animal. However, mankind appears to think of themselves to be above nature or able to control it. Instead, humanity cannot do either of these things because every action has a reaction, and any changes man makes to the surrounding landscape has potentially a wider ranging impact upon the ecosystem. It is this potential damage to the harmony of the ecosystem that causes climate change and ultimately threatens the longevity of the species of mankind.
I think this situation would radically change if humanity viewed itself as a part of nature, so that any action taken in destroying plant and animal life would ultimately affect us, the top predator, of the ecosystem. For this to happen there needs to be a cultural shift in our thinking so that we try and preserve our environment both upon a local and a global scale.
I have therefore created oil paintings including this one that intertwine the human form with nature. In this oil painting there is a man and a flower combined so that you are not sure where either the flower or the man begins and finishes. Both are reliant upon each other’s fate.