Change of Heart
18" x 24" acrylic painting and collage
When Jesus makes himself known in your life, you will witness a beautiful heart change! The heart that may have once been hard and rebellious toward him, will be softened. He gives us a new heart!
The old ways will drop away, and new spiritual growth will take place. May we all set our sights on Jesus and his redeeming work in our lives. A new heart is evidence of our faith and trust in Him. We will have His joy amid pain and suffering. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control will overcome darkness, grief, and despair. We will bloom because Jesus has our whole heart!
Jeremiah 24:7 And I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.
18" x 24" acrylic painting
Have you had a breakthrough? When something suddenly becomes crystal clear? A truth finally understood? An obstacle overcome? An addiction healed?
Many times in life, we are waiting for a break through. We struggle and deal with life’s ups and downs. God has provided His living, breathing Word to help us. If we spend time in conversation with Jesus and reading the God-inspired Word, we will breakthrough whatever is gripping us. The Holy Spirit will guide our reading and interpretation of scripture. That verse you may have read many times, now has a life of its own as it speaks directly to your issue. When you need a breakthrough, go to the Word of God for help. God confronts our flesh and explains His ways. His ways are higher than ours and we need the Spirit’s guidance to comprehend them.
I started this painting after feeling led to paint a white horse. I wasn’t sure in what context. The Return of Christ? Or? I pictured a white horse looking triumphant and charging forward. I painted the horse emerging from darkness. After I painted it, I felt that it was incomplete, but wasn’t sure how to proceed. I prayed and set it aside for a while, asking God for guidance.
My husband provided the answer via His communication with the Holy Spirit. He woke up one morning announcing that the horse needed to be emerging from the Bible. He had recently experienced a life-changing truth realization and saw all breakthroughs coming from the study of God’s Word. His breakthrough was the direct result of time spent with God in prayer and reading His Word. The Holy Spirit revealed some truths to him that were life changing. Rather than add a bible, I added verses from John 14 to represent the breakthrough experienced when we spend time in His Word allowing the Spirit to guide us. The horse is breaking through the darkness via the Word.
It now speaks to me deeply.
24" x 36" acrylic painting
This painting had a plan. I wanted to depict the beautiful things we experience far below a surface relationship. I had planned on adding colorful imagery to depict just that. I felt it was unfinished without it. The longer I looked at the painting, the more I could see that it was finished. The message was already clear. The secret place with every relationship is way below the surface, especially God. I could paint detail at the bottom, but that is for each of us to discover on our own. What does our personal relationship with Jesus look like? It is different for each of us. Now when I look at this painting, I see the treasure deep below the surface that only He and I share. What do you see?
20" x 24" acrylic painting
The bride is ready! She has done everything necessary to prepare for this day - The wedding day! She stands at the back of the church waiting, ready to make a commitment and covenant with her bridegroom. Her bridal bouquet is fragrant and fills the church. What a joyous day it will be when Christ returns to unite with his beloved bride!
This painting is loose, expressive and free! It was a joy to paint, just like the wedding day we are all waiting for!
The Shepherd's Voice
20" x 24" acrylic painting
Do you hear the voice of the Lord? He is never silent. He is always speaking. When we take the time to listen, we will hear Him. Those who know Him will recognize when He is speaking. Listen intently and the voice of your Lord and Savior will become more evident. He loves His flock and His flock loves Him and willingly follows Him.
God is our shepherd and keeps watch over us. We are sheep within His flock. We watch our shepherd and wait on every word from Him. We are eager to follow Him. He provides eternal life and rescues those who have strayed.
John 10:27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
This painting started as an effortless abstract. It hasn’t been worked on for months. Once put back on the easel, an image unfolded. It started with the shepherd. It was an obvious figure to me. When I muted the background around it, it came forward. I worked my way down. The sheep started slowly emerging. I created the sheep heads because the figure at the top reminded me of a shepherd for some reason. The legs and body of the sheep in the foreground were already there. I just added heads. The cross within the shepherd’s head was part of the abstract. I did not add it. Once I painted the staff, the painting came to life. I embellished with additional flock of background sheep and added some additional ink washes to pull things together.
God continually amazes me. I need to remind myself daily to slow down and listen for my Shepherd. He is herding me in the right direction, but I may be grazing other places that he has not called me.
24" x 30" Mixed Media
Covered by the love of our Father. Take refuge under His wing. God’s love is all encompassing. He knows everything about us and loves us no matter what. God’s love is not based on merit, but complete devotion to his creation. Take refuge under His mighty wing. Feel the love of your father. Know that he is always available to you. Live under the warmth of his protective wing.
Psalm 36:7 KJV How excellent is thy loving kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
This painting took so many twists and turns before it ended up where it is today – bright and whimsical!
My original intention was to paint “Refuge” and I saw imagery of feathers and wings. I felt the safety of God’s sheltering wing. Before I started, I covered the entire surface with bible passages. I think I probably have at least 5 layers of paint and collage material on the final painting. My initial attempts left me frustrated because I did not see the message I meant to convey, so I continued the creative journey.
I titled this final version “Covered” as it is fitting that the basis for this painting are biblical truths that literally and figuratively cover the entire canvas surface. Scripture is the basis for being “covered”. The wings symbolize His security and protection as described in many bible verses. I chose to represent them in bright colors and patterns to be inspiring and uplifting!
Rooted in Truth
30" x 30"
Scripture was used in the roots and leaves.
Absolute truth comes from God. He is the author of it. When our life is deeply rooted in His Word, we base our decisions and beliefs on His inerrant counsel. We go to Him with life questions. He loves His creation dearly and wants the best for us. God has written this beautiful love story through the words of the Bible. When we root our existence in His truths, we can navigate this life based on His principles and are not hindered by the ever-changing world around us.
This tree depicts our deep-rooted life based on anointed biblical principles and nourished by living water. It is in our best interest to be grounded by God’s word. It is our anchor and foundation, guide, and counsel. Our leaves will never wither when drenched in living water.
Several scriptures were written on the canvas as a basis for this painting’s meaning.
Psalm1:3 The person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers.
John 4:13-14 Jesus answered “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
Psalm 42:1 As a deer gets thirsty for streams of water, I truly am thirsty for you, my God.
The War is Already Won!
24” x 30”
God is our defender! He fights our battles! We put on His armor and face trials with strength and confidence because we know that our Father is on our side. He is our strength and His word gives us the power to overcome. We are prepared for battle with Him alongside us. He loves us fiercely and nothing will stand between Him and His children. He is a Father who will never abandon us. We are protected by truth, righteousness, peace, and faith all provided by the word of God. We stand firm in defiance of spiritual warfare. Evil flaming arrows can’t touch us!
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
18" x 24" Intuitive Abstract
This painting abstractly represents miraculous life.
It was created intuitively with a mindset of multiplication, growth, specialization, intricacies, and uniqueness. I see complex diversity and one-of-a-kind attributes. I see beauty and potential. I see conception. I see God-breathed perfection.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
24" x 30"
May you bloom where you are planted. Thrive in on all circumstances. Prosper in all endeavors. Sprout new growth. Spring up from defeat. May you flourish in God’s love and overwhelming compassion for you. You are a beautiful, vibrant, exquisite floral masterpiece! Rest in this image of how God sees you! A work of art!
Psalm 92:13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
When asked to paint what it means to "flourish", it didn't take long to get a visual of vibrant flowers and growth. It was a pretty simple decision to know that "Flourish" would be an abstract floral! So, I painted it!
Art created with the Father.