Crucifixion Olive Tree
At first I felt very daunted at the thought of painting the crucifixion. The cross is possibly the most powerful image of Christianity throughout the ages. However when sticking to my theme for a series of paintings of the Olive Tree of Israel.
I realised that Yeshua was not only ‘the’ Olive Tree, but was in fact, nailed to a tree. This thought released the concept for this painting, of the crucified Messiah as the suffering redeemer Olive Tree, in the midst of His own.
Against the heavily charged skyscape the old Olive Tree is almost hidden by the crucifixion tree in the foreground of this painting. Notice the black split down the dark gray of the old Olive Tree tree, representing the tearing of the Temple curtain, from top to bottom at the moment of Yeshua’s death.
The red for the landscape represents His blood shed, the blue mountains in the background represent Israel, a Nation called into being by covenant from above. The green strip in the distance reminds us of growth and fruitfulness both of the past and hope for the future.