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Egyptian Princess - Head Study for Batiya

Artist's Statement:

I have been working for seven years on a group of paintings entitled Strong Women of the Bible. In this head study, I worked to explore the feelings that might have animated Batiya, as she contemplated the choice that would change her life and the world. A daughter of the Pharaoh, she found a weeping, male baby in a basket adrift in the Nile. She knew that her father had decreed the death of every first-born Jewish male child and she had no doubt the baby was “of the children of the Hebrews." Nonetheless, she “had compassion on him,” saved him, and raised him as her son.

Oil on Wood Panel

12 x 36 in

She’s the kind of queen that knows her crown

isn’t on her head but in her soul.

Adrian Michael Green

Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back.

From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing

that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency

and partial fulfillment. The eternal makes you urgent.

You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold

you back from striving toward the summit of fulfillment.

John O'Donohue

Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

Art as an Oasis™

Art as an Oasis is a series of occasional postings from the art of Carrie Kleinberger

providing a temporary respite from both mundane and monumental cares

complimented by words of wisdom from a diversity of others.

~ on the strength and beauty of the individual soul ~

In the last analysis, the essential thing is the life of [the] individual.

This alone makes history, here alone do the great transformations

take place, and the whole future, the whole history of the world, ultimately springs as a gigantic summation from these

hidden source[s] in individuals.

Carl Gustav Jung

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