Dream of a Friend (1987)

Copyright J. Cobb

The title of this painting is from a poem by Rumi, a 13th Century Sufi mystic. It is the tragic story of a Seventh-day Adventist family whose father’s over-zealous behavior led to the suicide of one of his sons. The two remaining children are depicted here.

The living son consoles his distraught sister, but bears a sign of the wound of the dead son (the red swirls of blood around his head). The story is true and personal for the artist.