... on my About page I state an image must stand on its own, meaning it shouldn't require the explanation from the artist before it begins to connect with the viewer.  And I firmly believe that.  Nevertheless, people often ask what was going through my mind as I spent the 100-200 hours it took to complete each of these pieces. Here are a few thoughts ...


Between the heavens and the earth      36" x 48"  oil on panel

How does one go about painting that cosmic crack between the earthly realm and the heavenly realm? Maybe by starting with a young girl who speaks of serenity.

Be strong and of a good courage     32" x 40"  charcoal and pencil on paper

Do not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

Metanoia    32" x 44"  charcoal and pencil on paper

One woman, one man. Back to back. Will she turn to him? And if so, what is it that she leaves behind?

Am I your pride and joy    36" x 48"  oil on panel

After I stumble am I worthy of love? Have I permanently severed all ties to my family? While I ask others, my heavenly Father is asking me "Am I your pride and joy?"

Home coming    32" x 40"  charcoal and pencil on paper

A visit to an old homestead turns into a moment of thanksgiving and reflection. But could it instead depict the old life she is leaving behind in anticipation of all things new?

Reflection    34" x 50"  charcoal, pencil and wax on paper

Finally a couple of minutes alone with a good cup of coffee. Time to reflect on the events of the day. Or is it the other way around? A man walking on the street notices a girl in a cafe, triggering memories of possibilites and days gone by.

Just a glance    48" x 31"  oil on panel

Flee for your life. Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Flee to the hills lest you be consumed. Genesis 19:17

Division    34" x 44"  charcoal and pencil on paper

Jealousy, opposites, struggle, conflict, separation. Yet they are connected more than they realize. The space they share is larger and of more value than their private domains.

What did I promise you   32" x 40"  charcoal and pencil on paper

A promise made by a young girl or a promise made to a young girl? Better still, a promise made to us by our heavenly Father.

Nobody takes buses anymore   49" x 33"  charcoal and pencil on paper

An isolated ride on a city bus. Introspective. Detached. The metal structure adding to her sense of imprisonment. Does her reflection in the window provide a hint of resolve?


Turning point   50" x 20"  acrylic and pencil on mounted paper

Faithful are the wounds of a friend. Proverbs 27:6

Eve   30" x 60"  charcoal, pencil, pastel and wax on paper

Driven from paradise. Then the cherished first born son murders his younger brother. One can only imagine the anguish and pain she carried. And if you read carefully, people often lived for hundreds of years in those days. The ancient texts speak little of how the Lord helped her with her burden, but we know it would have been impossible to carry alone.

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