Hope of a Future

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This picture maps the plans God has for each one who chooses to follow His path and obey His will. The white dots represent life events that signify spiritual growth. The picture shows several ‘events’ or ‘seasons’ someone has already experienced- but it doesn’t end there because God has “… plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeramiah 29:11 NIV)

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Still Waters

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Meaning #1

In this picture is water amidst the bareness of the desert. The stream and the well represent God’s living water of which it is written that “…whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” (John 4:14, NIV)

 

Meaning #2

The picture captures the story of God leading Moses and the Israelites through the desert and the constant provision and guidance He provided throughout the whole journey. Depicted is Moses’ wooden staff of Moses and a piece of heavenly manna (circle)

Flight of the Monarch- Artist Statement

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This exhibition encompasses the theme of development and growth achieved by means of a journey. Comprised of both early and current works, the lifespan narrative of the Monarch butterfly is shown as it progresses from caterpillar and chrysalis (2012), to emerging as butterfly and the migration journey it spans over four generations (2016). In addition to the literal narrative, a story of Christian spirituality is also embedded within the work.

 Metamorphosis- from caterpillar to chrysalis (2012)

The series begins with a black and white colour scheme, as that is all Monarch caterpillar is able to see. The selective colouring (pink) has been used to show how the chrysalis acts as the catalyst bringing transformation from caterpillar to butterfly in the life of the Monarch. Only after emerging from the chrysalis is the Monarch able to see in colour, and better yet- in the ultraviolet spectrum.

On a spiritual note, the black and white represents the natural/physical way of viewing the world, whereas the progression to full colour highlights the increase in depth and visual insight   by the butterfly. This can be likened to an increase in ‘vision’ and direction in life and direction someone can find through faith in Christ. The pink chrysalis is also symbolic of God’s perfect, flawless love, and how this can be a catalyst for bringing about inner change and transformation in an individual’s life.

The Great Migration (2016)

The second half of the work shows the journey of the monarch as well as the diversity of landscapes encountered along the journey. The compositions for the landscapes were created using google maps by ‘zooming in’ and taking screenshots of various locations where a monarch might travel on its journey. The created perspective is like that of the butterfly viewing the landscape from a bird’s eye perspective. In addition, the paintings are laid flat on the floor where they are viewed from above, thus increasing the viewer’s sensation of viewing the landscapes in a way that resembles aerial photography.

To further the notion of different viewpoints and spirituality, the butterfly/landscape works can be viewed under three different light settings- daylight, ultraviolet light, and in the dark (glow in the dark). Viewed in daylight, this is like seeing the world from a completely physical perspective, where ‘seeing is believing’. In contrast, viewing the work under ultraviolet light is like the inner thoughts and depth of the mind. Illuminated is the conflict and contrast between the aqua colour (representing spirit/God’s will) and the red/orange tones (sinful nature/destruction/deception). This is like the tug-of-war inside the human mind between what is right and what is wrong.  Then, the third and final means of viewing is in the pitch blackness where only the aqua colour remains. This represents the spiritual aspect of mankind and the ever-present spirit of God that works in and around those who have faith in Him. It also seeks to reveal the hidden nature of God and show that not everything is as it first seems- that there is more to life than meets the eye.

Searching for God

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This painting visually depicts the process of someone who is seeking God.For the non-believer this might be the quest to discover whether or not God really exists. The white magnifying glass would then be used to inspect the evidence and confront thoughts of faith and doubt before reaching a conclusion.
For the believer,seeking God comes out of a desire to come into closer relationship with Him and to seek wisdom and encouragement.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV), The white hearts shown in the painting represent the path of the straight and narrow (God’s will for a person’s life) and the red dotted lines represent all the alternative paths that will ultimately lead to destructionthat are illuminated by the magnifying glass. Without the magnifying glass the path would seem ambiguous and confusing. God’s words in the bible guide the faithful in the way of light. “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119: 105 NIV)

Not One Good

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This painting seeks to illustrate the biblical perspective of sin and how different people’s sins ‘weigh up’. . Western society tends to downplay the seriousness of human sin with the humanist perspective even suggesting that people are inherently ‘good’. The bible takes a somewhat different angle on the issue when it says “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3:23).

Risen!

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The white heart represents Jesus after He rose from the dead with the pink outline representing His perfect love. The bible speaks of His resurrection “But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large and had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen!…” (Mark 16:4-6)

Walk of Faith

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The red terrain at the bottom of the painting represents the rough and unpredictable journey of life. The white ladders represent the opportunity for a person to seek God in both the good and the bad times. There are two ladders (white); one during the good times and one during the bad times. As the distance of the ladder suggests, it is easier to climb the shorter ladder (in the good times) than the longer ladder (in the hard times). The ladders lead to the white line across the top, which represents the perspective of trusting God, seeing situations from a biblical perspective. When this path is chosen, the words of the bible become an encouragement and basis for hope and persistence. (2 Corinthians 4:18 & Hebrews 12)

Strength Restored

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This painting illustrates how seeking God and resting in him can work like a tonic for both the physical and mentally weary. His presence and peace can give courage and strength in darkest of times. Jesus said “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28). King David described God as the one “who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s…”(Psalm 103:5, NIV) and in a time of great angish it is written that: “… David found strength in the LORD his God”(1 Samuel 3:6, NIV).