THE HOPE COLLECTION(previously introduced as The Floral Collection)
Each of these paintings represents hours of my life, my prayers, my thoughts, my vision.
When I step up to a blank canvas — hair clasped in a bun; paint freshly squeezed onto my palette; brush selected with careful intention — I invite the presence of the Holy Spirit to give me eyes to see and hands to create. Hands that war:
"Blessed be the LORD, my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer. He is my shield, in whom I take refuge…” (Psalm 144.1-2a)
I’m warring for myself; my family; for you.
In a cultural environment where we see constant trauma, tragedy, despair and death, I’m warring for Hope. With each stroke of the brush, I seek to bring beauty. As the canvas fills with color and light, I don’t shy away from painting the shadows, the deeps, the darks. For, it is only when seen against this backdrop that loveliness emerges triumphant — beauty from the ashes.
Whether or not you have the opportunity to bring my vision to live on your walls, my prayer is that this vision will plant a seed deep within your soul. I pray you will experience growth, purpose and renewal in the parts of your being that have been ravaged. My desire is that this collection of florals (and a few lemons!) will inspire your heart to breathe again; that your heart will once again believe and thatfrom the ashes, fresh life will spring forth.