Cluster of Light

Jamie Treadwell's avatar Jamie Treadwell

The painting ‘Cluster of Light’ is inspired by Christians who have stayed in Aleppo Syria, despite the impossible situation and war. During my work in Lebanon in 2014 the students told me their story of being stopped at the border into Syria: “You will be killed if you go any further”. They continued on, and the heroic on-going story of these Christians serving their neighbours in the midst of that war-torn landscape caught my attention. I’ve depicted a cluster of Middle Eastern pine trees with their distinctive canopy of upturned needles, creating a shelter from the chaotic, shifting landscape that surrounds. Hope streams down from above. The deep red of the soil stains the canvas below. A Lebanese Christian told me: “Like these trees, we stand strong today through the witness of those who have gone before us. This beautiful red soil speaks of their sacrifice. Our mission is to be bridge builders bringing love, even at the cost of our own lives”.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Oil and Acrylic
  • Width: 30 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 40 inches