This painting was inspired by the marriage of two beautiful young people within our community, Ellen and Dan.

In this image the couple are about to embark on a journey, together. 

A boat is a metaphor for our life journey and is a symbol of hope in many cultures. It is a means of travel which carries us to our destination. It can be a means of escape by which people can flee the hostilities of their own lives and travel to exotic places which perhaps promise the offer of safety or freedom. From hostility and the drabness of life, to excitement, hope and something better. In a sense we are all in the boat, refugees on a journey, escaping from something to the promise of something better.

Within the Christian tradition the marriage of two people is for life and their union is spiritual in nature.