The inspiration for this painting comes from:

a) watching a documentary that had a water buffalo in it and deciding it was quite a paintworthy animal.
b) listening to the song "Alpha Male" by Royksopp on a 6 hour nightly bus ride to Taupo (during which the driver asked the passengers if they were keen to watch a DVD, everyone said yes, I braced myself for brainless Ben Stiller-style family entertainment in form of a romantic comedy but got the most brutal japanese horror thriller with indecipherably small subtitles - the eyes of the popcorn munching 10 year old boy in front of us were glued to the screen.) Anyway the song is beautiful and at the start and the end of it there's this haunting flute melody during which a picture of Jesus walking through the fog, halo and all, comes to my mind. It also reminds me of the 1911 silent movie "L'inferno" which is about the circles of hell and those condemned in them. Then I mixed those influences together, swapped Jesus for a girl and the result is this painting. The song can be heard if you click here. The melody that evoked this picture starts at about 0.43 .

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