TITLE: FROM THE SWEAT OF HER BROW SHE RAISED A NATION.
SIZE: 24” W X 36” H
MEDIUM: WATERCOLOR, & INK on AQUABOARD “IRON SHARPENS IRON SO ONE MAN/ WOMAN SHARPENS ANOTHER” PROVERBS 27:17. This bible verse sums up the key role women played, in importance with men within Cayman’s maritime history. The men went off-Island to provide and created a legacy. The woman stayed home and through hard work resourcefulness and dedication, they raised a nation. Being the vessel of new life they gave birth to multiple generations and laid the foundation through education; passing on time-honored traditions, and taking on the role of both mother and father to a growing family. At the center of the painting is a young woman. The circle around her upper body is composed of abstract patterns found from seashells linking her to both land and sea. A series of open books represents her role as an educator ( In each book is written a bible verse). From left to right is the image of the early stages in the development of a fertilized egg, which is symbolic of her role as a vessel of new life and future generations.
The circle represents unity, protection, and inclusion. She stands at the center balancing a ship’s anchor. The anchor symbolizes the seamen and our traditional ties to the sea, as stated on our national crest, “he has found it upon the sea”. She like, Proverbs 27:17 is juxtaposed against the anchor showing a shared image of strength, and inclusion in our maritime history. The light emanating from her head shows power, strength, vitality, and virtue.
They endured hardships but their resilience filled the void with light thus emanating from her body are rays of light as vibrant as the sun. The background is composed of abstract images of a fertilized egg and thatch. Her body is adorned with the colors of the ocean and the land from which she raises a young impressionable child. #watercolor #abstractpainting #cayman #nautical #art #dubadah