I fell in love with the landscapes of the far east after watching a film called 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon'. The film was a visual treat, full of amazing colours and magical landscapes that dazzled me. I will never forget one image that stuck in my head when the heroin climbs the stairs up a steep mountain to get to a temple that was surrounded by clouds. I have always wondered how people have managed to build such remarkable temples on top of high mountain peaks. Humankind never ceases to astonish me, we have such marvelous creativity within us.
I also love bridges and waterfalls. I think it could be because the bridges represent mankind trying to overcome obstacles that life can throw at us. Waterfalls represent uncontrollable power, a force to be reckoned with. The temple at the top of the mountain is the goal of spiritual excellence. You could interpret this painting as our struggle to evolve spiritually. We attempt to better ourselves regardless of barriers put in our ways and forces that prevent us from reaching our goals. Along the way we discover friends and family who help us overcome these obstructions and reach nirvana. We realise that our journey is not a lonely one, but we are assisted throughout our lives whether we know it or not.
To finish off with here is a poem from Hasan , to compliment this painting.
A yell into a valley, and the mountains echo an answer.
With them the reeds cheer, to the chorus played by the tenacious brook.
And as I watch from my lonely perch, the nature thrive about me, I see that no matter how distant, no one is truly lonely.