The control of light and shading in this picture is to my mind exquisite. This, in my humble opinion, is the closest Maria gets to so-called ‘High Art’. The physical aspect of the dragons with symmetrically curved bodies; the entwined tails – a hallmark of Maria’s work – complement the entire composition. The claw holding a Silmaril-like gem presented at off-side to the foreground Dragon produces the implicit power of her/its magic. The hues of reddish make this an outstanding visual work, one that has simplicity yet deep, deep magic. A truly primal look into our Cosmos of myth.
The clear presentation of the Tolkien Lord of the Rings Fellowship crossing the bridge in the background is so distinct from the river foreshore elven lovers. There is almost a three dimensional aspect to this picture. The careful blurring or fogging adds to both the atmosphere and the ambience. Indeed this seems a Photoshop collage of background and foreground. Once again the Maria Lombide Ezpeleta trademark jewelry and clothing on the lovers.