EVE AFTER THE FALL by Kathi Dugan
Eve, years after the first couple’s fall from the Garden of Eden, strolls down a wooded lane enjoying a pleasant moment with her young daughter. Both are wearing clothes that Eve herself has fashioned. The girl is holding a beloved lamb, without spot or blemish, fit for an atoning sacrifice.
How the painting came into being: One day I received an email with an unusual request from the mother of a small child. The child had been named after the Eve of Genesis. The mom was seeking an illustration that would characterize Eve as a kind, strong and beautiful woman. She hoped that such a painting would help to plant a positive role model in her daughter's mind, creating a desire to develop that same internal quality of character in her own life.
The task excited me. I had my own thoughts as how to portray the painting. However, there followed quite a bit of good, thought provoking, and open communication between the mom and I, as we worked out the details of the painting.
It was decided that Cain and Abel would not be used in the painting. Instead, I was to use a daughter of Eve’s. This made sense, as I am sure she must have produced girls as well as boys! And, although the daughter of Eve has been painted quite a few years older than the living namesake, I used the young child’s coloring for the daughter’s appearance. The images created of both Eve and her daughter were taken from a combination of several models and several poses and combined with the artist's vision for the final persons.
If you would like a special illustration, the artist is willing to take commissions!