The Way Out is the Way Through 2023

by Gill Bustamante BA Fine Art


h 76.2  x  w 76.2  x  d 3.8 cm
h 30  x  w 30  x  d 1.5 in


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The Way Out is the Way Through is a 30x30inches oil on canvas of a dark forest with sunlight shining through the trees and showing a way out. It is intended to be menacing but also hopeful. The symbolism of dark forests is ingrained into humans as a species. Forests have always been both protectors and sources of danger. I painted this painting as I was trying to solve a long-term difficult issue in my own life and this painting seemed to symbolise that effort. The title is actually from a quote by L. Ron Hubbard and it means that in order to resolve stuff, the only effective way is to face the thing and find a way through it, rather than dodge it or hide from it. I like the idea and I like the metaphor that a dark forest provides. It is painted on deep edge canvas, edges dark and does need a frame.