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Colorful oil painting on canvas
Redemption

Song: "Redemption/Moon and a Bridge/Bird on a Wire"
Inspiration: Johnny Cash's birthday (February 26, 1932)

I feel this is one of the most interesting of all the paintings in this collection. I would call this a symbol painting. I heard little phrases. The little symbols just fell into the painting. Cash talks about how "the blood gave life to the branches of the tree." I feel that's the central part. The central figure--the most confusing--looks quite sexual, but it is a still-birth, an immaculate birth. It is the fruit that sustains life. But, there's also heaven and hell. It's a struggle, and there's a lot going on here. I think this is the most interesting because when you listen to Cash's music, you hear more. You see more.