Much of my art was realised growing up in the church so there is much spiritual connotation relating back to God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit.
I do not push my beliefs upon you. I only want to help you see some of the background of my expression. Much of my inspiration stems from this part of my life, as it drew me out of my dark past into my “lit place”.
This piece below is so simple, yet so profound only by the story behind it. While it may seem unbelievable, I will tell the story anyway.
While in a worship service (people singing, dancing, and worshiping God - I happened to be painting, while doing all of the above). On November of 2016, this piece was formed. What I did not know was that a gentleman in the congregation had just had an MRI done on his spine. The 40-something-year-old proceeded to tell the pianist and the pastor ministering that night that the painting resembled his MRI. He said that night during worship, heat went up his spine, and the pain in his back that he had had for some years was gone. This is what we in the church would call a creative miracle. I want to show you both: what I painted and his MRI (see next photo) to see if you can see the resemblance. I know I did not provide the miracle, but I believe that God has His ways of showing His people how much He loves and cares for them. I was just so excited to be a part of that episode.
What I Saw
While I was singing, dancing and painting, I saw light, like the light of Heaven where the angels are bringing good things from heaven. I saw hearts of love, but they were bleeding. I did not really know why. Maybe it was a signifier for the blood spilt for us on the cross, but it seemed to be understood by the gentleman mentioned above the night when I painted this. I am extremely glad that he was healed. And I never want to take that away, because even when we each have our own views and perspectives in art, maybe there's a greater meaning of varying perspectives beyond our natural eyes and perspectives.
Children's Projects (Part 1 of 2)
This is just one of many projects children and I have accomplished. This was painting silk in order to create lamps for the moms on Mother’s Day 2017 to remind them that their role is not small. They are a light to their children, and that it is so important for them to know.
Children's Projects (Part 2 of 2)
Each piece was a practice of learning how to hear God speak to us and what He wanted on each lamp. When we distributed the lamps, each of the moms felt that the lamp she received was made especially for her.
The Narrow Door (2017)
"Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able (Luke 13:24 ESV)." Living the life of a CHRIST follower has not been easy, but this painting reminds me of the privilege I have to at least try and make it. Even if I'm wrong, at least I know I gave it a good try, knowing more people were loved on this earth than hated just because I tried.
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, goodness, gentleness and self-control; against these things there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23). This means no matter what anyone believes, laws were put into motion that these things would never be wrong. So why do we have such a difficult time using them? Could it be rebellion, just not wanting to follow what our parents or our grandparents and our forefathers asked us to do? Only God truly knows. He sees the heart.
In this acrylic painting, body, spirit and soul is indicated. However, it is deeply embedded into the three heavens: First, represented by the clouds is where humans dwell, second is the blood and the water where everyone meets (Heaven, Hell and humans), and finally, the Third Heaven is represented by the gold door, where everything is pure and holy and where there are no mixtures. This is a difficult achievement without the blood of the Lamb. While the hand of Jesus is being laid out for the choice of the Sons and Daughters He came to save, it is not mandatory that any of them would take hold of it. However, He allowed all to come once for all (Hebrews 10:10) so that none should perish (2 Peter 3:9).
Flowing from the Heart (Part 1 of 2)
This painting was a spontaneous gift I gave a friend on Christmas. She was blessed by it and the Father spoke to her privately on what it meant.
It was my first oil painting.
Flowing from the Heart (Part 2 of 2)
We need to be free in and from our hearts where rivers of living waters flow, where rivers of grace flow, where forgiveness flows, where refreshing should flow and where pure love should flow. The five streams represent grace.
Crucible of His Love (2017)
Do you know the magnitude of the love of the Father for you? Think about a crucible boiling with pure hot metal. It's burning away all of the impurities of the metal He's using, while each time He needs to hammer us back into a straight and gleaming piece of weaponry. This painting is made of acrylic paints, with the normal bright colours seen in my pieces. While it may be difficult to see, there are bubbles shaped as hearts. There is a shine off of the top surface of the bubbles of blood in the unseen pot that is this painting. The pouring action of the gold is the indication that the liquid is molten metal, but that it is to be the purest of metals - Gold. While this is only my interpretation of the Father's heart, it is a simple one. The blood, again, symbolises the blood that was shed by the Son of God for us on the cross.
Explosion for a Prophet
This painting is a representation of the power of God given three-fold to a person. The person this painting now belongs to is a well-known teacher and prophet. It was a word of knowledge via painting.
You Have the Key (2013)
The painting above is a thought via painting.
If we are made of spirit, soul and body, what does that look like when it comes to healing oneself? In the Bible, there is a verse that says, "Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well (3 John 1:2 NIV)." In this verse there is an indication that the way that one prospers is by way of their soul. So my thought was, "How do we unlock our souls to prosper?" and created this piece.
I used bright acrylic paints portraying the three soul, spirit and body pieces as doors, since I would imagine they are doors into each other. First, one must open the soul in order that each other piece may prosper or even go in the opposite direction and not prosper. That is the reason for the symbols of fire (Hell) and air (Heaven), as if to say one is good and one is bad. But notice, even with the two choices Heaven will prevail anyway. The purple represents the darkness that the Holy Spirit hovers over in Genesis 1:2 (He restores chaos to order), and the light blue with clouds is the sky that only our human minds can comprehend. Really, this is just a basic interpretation in a creative painting.