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On a recent trip to Asia I observed many temples and gardens being tended by monks. Their loving attention was palpable. Upon seeing a tree stump on a separate occasion, I had a brief vision of the rings looking like delicately raked sand, as in a zen garden. As typically happens in the birth of an idea, these two visions merged somewhere in my imagination to illustrate this act of healing compassion.

The Compassionate Gardener

20 x 16 - Oil on Panel - Sold, Private Collection