An Epic Saga
©2013 Bill Werle
20" x 16"
Acrylic on canvas
This is a painting commissioned by a friend that I was truly excited to do. I stopped taking commissions for a variety of reasons but this one I just had to paint.
My friend has taken similar roads in life to mine in some respect and in discussing what he wanted for his new house the idea formed for this painting. He wanted something Franzetta styled and other than that I had free reign to paint whatever I wanted. "I trust your vision" were his words.
Both of our lives have seen a turn around for the better. We've been through some ungodly dark times on our paths through this great big journey of life but neither of us give up. I wanted most of all to capture that. I hoped to visually express the emotion and feelings of a gut wrenching epic journey culminating in triumph. It's a painting of hope, overcoming life's inevitable curve balls and taking control of your own destiny. Nobody is going to fight the battles for you.
The Minotaur is borrowed from Dante's play the "Divine Comedy". There are nine circles of hell in the play and the Minotaur guards the entrance to the seventh. This circle represents violence. To me life can be violent, particularily when going through emotional upheaval. The pain and anguish you feel is violent. When your life feels like a three car accident strewn across the freeway, that is violent.
I depicted the warrior (my friend) defeating the Minotaur because life has turned around for him. That part of his epic journey has come to an end and a new one is beginning. The skulls at the feet of the Minotaur represent the Uncommitted from the play. Those people who in life did nothing, neither for good nor evil. My friend is NOT one of those and I respect him for that
The battle has been won while the war wages on. It's on to the next phase of life leaving the circles of hell behind now that this part of the journey is over and the next has begun.