Pam Carter print - The Sacred IslandEcosse Fine Art
Limited edition Giclee print by Pam Carter.
Image Size 500 x 500mm.
Signed and numbered by the Artist. Edition of 195 + 15 Proofs.
'Visiting Iona you can't help but feel the spiritual presenceand be struck by the religious turmoil that has gone before.The painting intimates the conflict.
OVER THE CAUSEWAY ACROSS THE NORTHERN SEA POURED DOWN UPON THE SACRED ISLAND
Three significant dates have been included in the painting: 563 St Columba landed on the Island, 801 was around the time the Vikings raided the Island, 1156 the Lordship of the Isles were created, led by Somerled, and resulted in the defeat of the Vikings. The Benedictine Order was established and the Abbey was built. For centuries the Chieftains were buried there.
The Gaelic writing at the bottom of the painting translates as The hill with itï¿½s back to Ireland. This is the other name of the hill called Dun.
I have intimated Staffa in the back ground. The geology of Staffa Island echoes that of the Giant's Causeway - with it's thousands of basalt columns, and is said to have been built by the giant Fionn MacCumhail to walk to Scotland. A straight line from Staffa to the Giantï¿½s Causeway would in fact pass through Iona. Fingalï¿½s Cave has been said to be an entrance to the Underworld.
.......Hence legend and geology are interwoven.'