Acrylic on canvas
The skull is an image of winter, falling snow on a branch. I once heard a lecture on japanese paper making, and they said that in Japan snow was seen as Buddha's teaching on Emptiness and Equinimity. The whiteness of the snow covers everything in formlessness. What once seemed like separate individual forms now merge under an even blanket of white. The contrast of the red flower asserts its fleshy blossom and is an hommage to Jakuchu, the 17th century Japanese painter. He diligently studied nature and painted all Appearance as the Buddha.