25cm x 30cm, egg tempera and 22.5ct gold leaf on lime wood panel
This is an icon written for a new believer. A fresh branch grafted onto the vine
which is the branch of David and stem of Jesse. Those who find faith must venture to bring good to the world, for belief in the transcendent is not a fast-tracked ticket to reach the Almighty. It is a beautiful way to live, to aspire and to reach for goodness, no matter what hardships life throws up against us.
Be good, be content, do a good deed: you will find true happiness.