The pictographic quality of Chinese characters intrigues me. So when I met a Chinese physicist visiting from Beijing, I asked him to help me write Chinese characters into my paintings. The result was a wonderful collaboration. He told me that his native alphabet is made up of more than 5,000 characters. In this painting, the Chinese character for save is presented twice in the Chinese language to stress the urgency inherent in the word. I had my Chinese friend paint it four times, like a cross, with red paint to further enhance the spiritual nuances. The character for earth was painted in earth colors.
The circular form may represent the sun or perhaps a Chinese gong, calling people to care for the earth as stewards of the Creator and the God who shed His blood to save the cursed earth.
"For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God, for the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope that the creation itself will also be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God" (Romans 8:19ff).