Eden, painting about a Adam and Eve, art bear, painting of apple tree, nude art, art with monkeys, painting of great blue heron, anthropomorphism art, painting of floating stones, jungle scene art, art with birds, art meaning journey, painting about transformation, art with avatar theme. painting of planet Jupiter, painting about the journey of a return to the garden, art about abundance and joy. soulful uplifting inspirational art, soul stirring illusion art, romantic art,  surrealism, surreal art, dreamlike imagery, fanciful art, fantasy art, dreamscape visual, metaphysical art, spiritual painting, metaphysical painting, spiritual art, whimsical art, whimsy art, dream art, fantastic realism art, magic realism oil painting by Paul Bond

This painting is in part an ode to Roger Dean, an early inspiration in my artistic journey. It is also my take on the symbolic ‘returning to the garden’ theme. My wife Donna modeled for this piece, and it comes at a time that we are relocating to a new home in a tropical part of the world that we lovingly call, The Garden of Eden. The abundance of that place is represented in the apple tree and the fruits around her; her self-confident nakedness shows a renewed sense of freedom and inner authority; and the leaping monkeys symbolize the playfulness we seek in this new life. Astrologically speaking, the planet Jupiter, shown in the background, represents expansion, growth, and abundance. It is the ruler of happiness and good fortune. Qualities that anyone can experience, regardless of place. We just happen to have a catchy name for ours.


27 x 36 - Oil on Canvas - $12,800