He Is Risen 10" x 10" (Sold)
Like many artists, I worked full-time and painted when I could. About three years ago, my husband and I both ended jobs right around the same time and not being quite retirement age, were looking for the “next thing.” That "next thing" turned out to be selling the home we had lived in for 20 years to move aboard our 40’ Trawler, aptly named "Watershed". We committed to traveling the Bahamas and the Eastern Seaboard for a couple of years, but about a year into our adventure, I sensed a call to head home to establish an art ministry and paint full-time.
We managed to cover 4,000 miles of stunning coastal and Bahamian scenery, and made many memories and new friends. But here I am, two years later, blooming, albeit a little later than most.
I’m wearing my “Art Ministry” smock to nurture the seeds of the art gallery at my church, and to encourage other artists that they might blossom over and over long after I’m gone. Wearing my “Artist” smock, I strive to create art that points to God’s redemptive story of Hope.
My journey is a story of redemption and restoration, of forgiveness and freedom, a tearing down to rebuild, while faithfully following a path that is sometimes hidden, yet always revealed in perfect order.
It's the journey of hiddenness and revelation that inspires my work. We move through life experiencing seasons of knowing and not knowing so much, yet are called to trust and to be faithful to the journey. The work itself is very process driven and begins when I almost meditatively mix the paint and wax, considering colors and composition. Eventually the painting will take on meaning and direction, and the revelation of its purpose is made known to me.
My prayer is that my work would inspire you in your journey, to wonder at, and to seek to know the deep abiding hope that is found in knowing the love of Jesus Christ.