This massive artwork is the largest work I have painted with being nearly 2 metres wide and was literally a journey over 15 months.
Once again this piece was a development of layers, images and colours synonymous with my style that did not seem to fit a pattern or be heading in a specific direction.
The foundation is a verse in Isaiah 35 which says “Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.”
At the beginning there was imagery of deserts, water and pots that carried this life giving water, but as the creative process flowed from my mind and the brush the pots became less prominent and what evolved was a face of wisdom that was not of flesh and blood as represented by the blue tones of the face, but rather was a picture of a God and his life giving source of water that can bring life immediately to the driest and harshest of situations.
While this is an image of a desert landscape, this piece is a prophetic message of a mighty river that is coming and will change the very world we live in and the hearts that need a real touch life giving water.
This is especially relevant in today's current state of the world which is desperately needing a for God to deliver us. The world’s way are just to produce the healing that we all need.
Justin Austin-Monaghan is married to the amazing Liana Monaghan for 13 years, a fellow creative that is just trying to release a little bit of heaven this side of eternity. How to do that, well I draw, paint, love people and surf my way through the streets and beaches of South Australia.