Passage of the Wisdom Keeper, painting of a kingfisher bird pulling an apple tree wearing a scarf with rope through the ocean, wisdom, apple, tree, sea, waves, oars, scarf, bird, kingfisher, orb, clouds, trompe l'oeil, 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, limited edition giclee, signed art print, fine art reproduction, original magic realism oil painting by Paul Bond

This painting is about the concept of knowledge versus wisdom. That knowledge becomes practical wisdom only with experience. It is also about how the wisdom we gain in our lives is one of the few possessions we carry with us to the end, and the gift of most value that we pass onto future generations. The kingfisher bird pulling the apple tree always carries its source of shelter and food. Such is wisdom. Once gained it is never lost. The apple tree traditionally symbolizes knowledge. But here, its strenuous passage across the sea represents the journey of experience, by which that knowledge transforms into wisdom.

Passage of the Wisdom Keeper

20 x 40 - Oil On Panel - Sold, Private Collection