a place for contemplation
Rock gardens provide a tranquil setting for reflection and self-discovery. The strength and longevity of rocks bring to mind the divine and eternal. Rock gardens are valued because they require little upkeep and do not change with the season, epitomizing longevity and fortitude.
Zen rock gardens were first built in the 8th century to aid meditation and contemplation. In these gardens, rocks are used to depict smaller versions of bodies of water, mountains, and other natural elements.
Paintings in the rock garden series contain paper rocks derived from imprints of lower layers of the painting and brought to the surface, a reference to the deep layers of the Earth where rocks originate. In some instances, actual rocks and minerals such as sand and marble dust are added to the oil paint.