Edition of 75
This work was in development for nearly two years. After numerous sketches and many changes it was painted over a two month period in late summer 2010. The intention was to create a heroic painting that presented many narratives within a larger context. As in The Lord of The Rings we see our heroes embarking on a series of journeys by individuals and groups that all essentially advance a much larger endeavor. This epic structure, along with the symbols and motifs in Tolkein's story were much of the inspiration in developing The Kingdom.
A great river of life extends across the painting, uniting the participants as it flows toward the setting sun. Majestic trees such as Giant Sequoia, Redwood and Bristlecone Pine provide anchor points along the many paths where the story unfolds. The title describes not so much a physical place but a realm where we all, as Kings and Queens reside and in which our adventures are part of the great journey called life.
- Robert Bissell