Esther is one of my favorite people in the Bible. She is wise and brave. As a child, I wanted to be like her. Now as an adult, I realize that in order to be wise, I have to know God’s word. And if I want to be brave, I must first admit my fears to God, and trust that He will help me rise above.
This painting is meant to portray the swirling of emotions and thoughts going through Esther’s mind during her story. I’m sure a lot of people can relate to this dizzying state of mind. But perhaps we need to shift our focus. Instead of making ourselves the center of our stories, we need to make God the focal point. Everything points back to Him, back to His ultimate plan for Esther and for us.
When people see this painting, I hope they remember that when we feel disheartened, when we can’t see past the dismay, there is hope & joy pouring from the Heavens for us. May the joy of the Lord be our strength!
I wanted this painting to represent the perilous journey Ezra was facing. Getting this piece together was a truly chaotic experience for me that took me well out of my comfort zone, but with a lot of prayer, I know it came together in a way that I don’t think I could have gotten to on my own.
This is a hard one for me to consolidate my thoughts on, because they have changed so much since I started this painting. When I see it now, I think about Hannah’s struggle with infertility and I think of my friends who deal with the same sorrow and shame she must have felt. I hope Hannah’s story can give us hope that God cares so much about the deep desires of our hearts.
This painting was one of my biggest challenges, just because Gideon has such a vast story to pull inspiration from. The one that stood out to me the most, that I still remember even from childhood, was when God divided out a very small portion of Gideon’s army in order to show His power and glory. It’s wonderful to be reminded that nothing is impossible for God.
For this painting, I wanted to make an interpretation of the “promised land” that the people had yearned for all those years in the desert. I wanted it to be peaceful, and a bit whimsical. However, the drips are meant to present a distraction to the viewer, just as Joshua’s spies were distracted by what they saw – the people that lived in their promised land.
This painting is a representation of the burning bush. I use to think that Moses was afraid when he first saw this, but now I imagine it must have been the most dazzling sight to behold. The fierce beauty and power of the angel of the Lord within that bush!
When I think of Joseph’s story the first imagery that comes to mind is his coat of many colours. I wanted to try and capture that picture in my head, but the painting itself transitioned in front of me to not only reflect that coat, but also symbolize the transitions within Joseph’s life; moving from sadness and turmoil to hope and glory that points back to God’s ultimate plan for Joseph and his people.
When approaching this painting, I was drawn to the complexity of the stars. In these verses they represent God’s promise to Abraham, a promise that is unfathomable for us to comprehend. I hope when people look at this painting they will consider what God has promised for their lives. And if they forget or question Him that they will simply take the time to look up at the night sky and remember His immeasurable love for them.