The Journey 12 x 16 soldI spent years worrying about the future only to realize that the journey is just as important as the destination. I appreciate the challenges and victories, lessons learned, and experiences gained on my journey. This is a piece of my personal journey. The light between the leaves represents the everlasting spiritual bond with my father that guides me everyday.
Stepping Stones 12 x 16 soldI once read that instead of carrying our mistakes around with us, we should lay them on the ground and use them as stepping stones.
Home is the Journey 12 x 16 soldHome is our place of comfort. We become comfortable within our surroundings, and only then do our true selves evolve.I am compelled to say that we learn our “life’s lessons” at home. We continue these lessons when we take on a “home” of our own.“You give glory to the Father when you produce a lot of fruit and therefore show that you are disciples.” John 15:8
In the End; it is the Journey That Matters 12 x 16 soldThe end of the journey will be about the person we have become. Our soul has been sculpted by the friends we choose, the decisions we make, and our everyday experiences. It is our individual choices that have led us to specific destinations.“Trust the Lord, and do good things. Live in the land, and practice being faithful.” Psalm 37:3
Caught Up In the Moment 12 x 16 soldIt was a turning point in my life. I was asked to be a full-time nanny for a military family whose mother was deployed. My new opportunity was an absolute blessing. I needed this new family as much as they needed me. My life was once again filled with nap times, lullabies, and innocent laughter. I was indeed, caught up int the moment.
Beyond All Boundaries 12 x 31 soldMy life as an artist and a woman has taken me steps beyond what I ever dreamed I was capable of. Not only was I a nanny, but these children and their parents became my extended family.“Entrust your efforts to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3
The Path Less Traveled 19 x 27 soldAs both a wife and nanny, I felt a strong calling to pursue a God given gift of art. Despite sacrifices, difficulties, and challenges, God blessed me with in satiable passion and desire to share with others.“My brothers and sisters, be very happy when you are tested in different ways.” James 1:2
Breakaway 28 x 23 soldBecoming empty nesters is a joyous time as we watch our children become independent adults. It’s a bit melancholy as well. It is difficult to watch our children make mistakes, but I know in the end they will be that much stronger for their journey through life.“Trust the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make your paths smooth.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Refuge 29 x 22 soldAs I approached the completion of my piece I realized that I was coming upon the anniversary of my father’s passing. That Sunday, I was reminded of the hymn, Eagle’s Wings: “Say to the Lord, ‘My Refuge, My Rock in Whom I trust...’. I was able to complete this painting with ease and ultimate satisfaction. Never has a hymn been so comforting.
Forgiven 18 x 32 soldForgiving others and ourselves gives us new life; a fresh start and a second chance!“Whenever you pray, forgive anything you have against anyone. Then your Father in heaven will forgive your failures.” Mark 11:25
Moment of Grace 21 x 32 soldI suffered a concussion for which I received both occupational and physical therapy. I discovered that not only was my recent memory vague but color was constrained to a few colors and limited gradation. While working on this piece I was advised “to put it aside for a while.”After two months of hiatus I returned to the drawing and I recognized additional color and values once again. I was absolutely amazed as it came to life.“He has made his miracles unforgettable. The Lord is merciful and compassionate.” Psalm 111:4
Fellowship 4 x 10 soldAs the leaves of various, colorful tree species gather on the ground...“Finally, everyone must live in harmony, be sympathetic, love each other, have compassion, and be humble.” 1 Peter 3:8
Generosity 10 x 6 soldFocusing on what we have, prevents us from feeling grateful for the abundant blessings from God.The ripples represent our never-ending generosity of serving, teaching, encouraging, sharing, leading, and helping others.“All goes well for the person who is generous and lends willingly. He earns an honest living.” Psalm 112:5
Companionship 5 x 10 soldBeing a nanny provided me with an unconditioonal support system. One of the children became my little apprentice. She reminded me that her, like God, is always at our side and is our rock, our companion.
Healing 16 x 38 soldTime, prayer and forgiveness have a way of healing all things; especially during the years of emotional, physical, and spiritual challenges. Transcending from pain into healing, I see a new palette of colors. These are colors that express excitement, joy, satisfaction, and love.“Have faith that you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:22
The Truth Will Set You Free 13 x 33 soldGiving up our secrets is the only path to the health and wholeness we deserve. Sharing “our history” and “our journey” with others provides insight for growth and healing.The forms in the drawing entering in the left are in disarray. Illusiveness and invalidity are removed by the truth (leaf) and our lives become clear and guided once more.“The truth will set you free.” John 8:32
Haven 15 x 34 soldThis is the lake at Camp Dainava in Manchester, Michigan. Lithuanian crosses are randomly placed throughout the Camp’s acreage. This helps create the peaceful and blissful aura that surrounds me whenever I visit.“The Lord is near to those whose hearts are humble. He saves those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalm 34:18
New Discoveries 24 x 12 soldUntil now, teaching high school art, retailing, and being a nanny have taken precedence to working as a full-time artist.I have now entered a new path in my life and I am both excited and anxious as to where it will take me.“I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Slumber 28 x 17 soldAnxiety, worries, and concerns can easily take over our minds, bodies, and souls. Anxiety can weaken us to the point of illness. “Slumber” is about handing over the problems to God so that our soul can be at ease and rest.“My soul, be at rest in God alone, from whom comes my hope.” Psalm 62:6
His Promise 23 x 15 soldAs I was recovering from a bilateral (saddle) pulmonary embolism in the hospital in 2014, a heavy rainstorm was passing through. A few minutes later a beautiful rainbow lit up the sky and the storm became its background.I was immediately reminded of God’s covenant to us. I smiled and I remembered the covenant that I made to Him during my first embolism in 2004. He gave me a gift of art and I would use it for His use. “I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” Genesis 9:13
Emergence 10 x 7 Becoming the true self God intended me to be.“Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not; See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? In the desert I make a way, in the wasteland, rivers.” Isaiah 43:18-19
Transition 7 x 10Our lives transition from one stage to another; childhood, teen years, young adulthood, marriage, parenthood, emptynesters, grandparenthood, etc.. As we enter each stage we may struggle as we adjust. I try to remind myself to hand it over to God through the struggles.“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Changing Perspectives 25 x 26When going through life’s journeys, we come across circumstances that we try to change or understand. We use prayer to help us transgress from natural sin back to the healing presence of God. Prayer doesn’t change my circumstances but it helps me change my perspectives.“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Veni Vidi Vici 19 x 37 soldI came, I saw, I conquered. One phase of my life’s journey has taken me from dark, cool colors to bright, warm colors. Challenges were accepted and defeated.“I have the strength for everything through Him who empowers me.”Philippians 4:13
In the Beginning 19 x 38 soldAbout 40 years ago a gentleman brought a few lotus bulbs from Japan to the Manchester area in Michigan. There he tossed them into his lake not knowing if they would grow or not. Today on this private estate are lotuses as far as the eye can see. “In the Beginning” represents the first of many friendships along my career that God laid before me.“And though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great.” Job 8:7
My Shelter 22 x 31 soldWhen my fears and my anxiety overwhelm me, I seek out the place where I feel God all around me. His creations give peace, calmness, and tranquility.“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
Dancing In the Light 19 x 14 Even in the midst of the mundane events of my daily schedule I find little God winks. God winks are those “coincidental” signs that tell me I’m on the right path. I can’t help but smile knowing that my heart is filled with His light and love.“Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world; he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of love.” John 8:12
Beside Peaceful Waters 20 x 47 soldWhenever I get caught up in the “wants” of life, it brings on anxiety and disappointment. I need to remind myself that God provides food for our nourishment and water for cleansing our mind, spirit, and soul.“The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I lack. In green pastures you let me graze; to safe waters you lead me; you restore my strength. You guide me along the right path for the sake of your name.” Psalm 23:1-3
Finding Rest When my mind, body and soul become tired I know that I can depend on God to take care of me. He walks with me, He never leaves me and He cares for me. He calms and renews my spirit.“I myself”, the Lord answered, “will go along, to give you rest.” Exodus 33:14
Gone AstrayIt’s hard living in this life where sinful behavior is viewed as normal and virtue is mocked. We bend a few rules so that we fit in better with those around us. Before we know it, we are compromising God’s principles for the destructive paths.“Sometimes a way seems right a man, but the end of it leads to death!” Proverbs 14:12
Hearing the Whisper soldWhen chaos swirls around me it is difficult to hear the subtleness of the babbling brook. Life’s disorder screams in my ear while His peace is more of a whisper.God’s whisper and the peaceful flow of the creek carry me to serenity.“I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” John 16:33
Living Water sold“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture says: ‘River of living water will flow from within him.’” John 7:38
Flawless soldWater is God’s mercy and grace. We ask for forgiveness as we work through His mercy.Although I will always see and know my sins (blemishes and flaws), God renews us through His grace and mercy and we become flawless in His eyes.God knew long before earth was created, that He would love us through every sin, every disappointment, every single time we broke His heart. Yet he He called us holy. He set us apart as His own children. Then He blessed us abundantly and overwhelmingly.“You yourselves were once aliented from him; you nourished hostility in your hearts because of your evil deeds. But now Christ has achieved reconciliation for you in his mortal body by dying, so as to present you to God holy, free of reproach and blame.” Colossians 1:21-22