The symbolism of the painting is obvious at a glance as we see the anthropomorphic figure of a tree kneeling with the sun behind its back. This figure is a fusion of a pregnant woman and the plant that most symbolises life for many of us. The tree is the woman and the woman is the tree. Roots grow out of her limbs, and branches and leaves sprout from her head and her hair. One hand covers a pair of nourishing breasts while the other cradles a belly that is swollen with child.
This painting would be easy enough to interpret, but what makes the viewer give it a second glance is the expression on the human face that is depicted in this painting. It is not that of a young woman pregnant for the first time but rather a mother who has the wisdom earned over many years of nurturing and caring for her children. The lines of the face are almost harsh as the artist strives to achieve the effect of glowing. It is a countenance lit from within as well as from the ambient light and it is one that is no stranger to strong emotions, including pain.
The serious look of the woman in the picture drives home the point that the ability to bear life is not to be taken lightly – above all, it is not easy. It is a task that is painful at times, and certainly causes a lot of internal turmoil. This is the feeling that the viewer gets from the glowering clouds stacked in the yellow sky and the meaningful pose and expression of the central figure.
This painting and others like it can be found at Chings Resto-Kaffee located in the Jade Dragon’s Suites, known as one of the nicer cheap hotels in Davao City. More than just a Davao hotel, the Jade Dragon’s Suites also allows its guests and patrons to view beautiful works of art and purchase these if they are so inclined.