FreedomThese two abstract hands of Jesus Christ captured in a movement of a silent yet audible voice, the Holy Spirit that exists before, exists now, and exists in the future. The hands of Jesus Christ do not need memories of only his hands by which he lived and died, but Humanity. A movement in Human history, God's Son showing us how to be lead by faith alone and not just by the works of our hands. Allowing our abilities to be formed by faith and not faith to be formed by our abilities. Faith alone is not a narrow view, but a wide-open state of being that Humanity cannot alone produce. The many brush strokes and complimentary colors where inspired by artist Vincent Van Gogh. However the colors do come with meanings: Yellow-Green is all of creation. Dark Purple is a memorial of Christ's death and resurrection Blue is the transfiguration, the hope for Humanity to continually be transformed by God. White is the Holy Spirit that brings Truth to one's context. Orange is opportunity and potential of what can happen in this life called freedom.
The WhipThis abstract painting was created from the Lutheran lectionary Year A based on the gospel of John chapter two. The focus was to emphasis the symbolic meaning of the "whip of cords" Jesus used to turn over the money changes in the temple. The temple is portrayed by hard straight vertical and slanted horizontal lines that communicates tradition, while the whip is organic and flexible which communicates change.
The Face of DeathThis abstract portrait is a face of a dying man from the Buchenwald Camp. The orange and red represent his flesh as it slowly decays away to the tendons. The blue outlines the boundaries during his time in the concentration camp as white bandage looking lines express the wounds and the sickness of his day. The colors in the background reveeal the hope my group experienced at Flossenberg Concentration Camp. During the tour, we saw a rainbow in the midst of the rain and green moss high for all to see if anyone wanted to. The face is a mixture of ape-like structures to show the depth of how low people in the concentration camp were treated, fighting a backward evolution from reason to instinct.
ILS PaintingThese abstract paintings where created during worship at the Institute of Liturgical Studies in Valparaiso, IN. The focus was to be inspired by the text but also the community of faith, the people participating in worship. Each painting was created on a primed canvas cut out from a roll and created using acrylic as the medium. The ﬁrst painting was based on Psalm 139 and Colossians 2. The second painting was based on the "woman at the well" in the gospel of John chapter 4.
Postcards (Seasonal)These illustrated computer generated postcards are to convey the love of Jesus for all of humanity in every season of our lives.
Words of WisdomThese self-published black and white computer generated postcards are truths I learned while attending school in Exeter, England. Each postcard is meant to convey deep meaning and create some fun by how the different fonts are arranged to fit the word. There is also a memory card or receipt so that you can remember who the postcard was sent to.
Saint & SinnerThis is a multi-media portrait. It combines watercolors, color pencils, and ink all in one. The saint parti represents the bright colors that looks more normal and flesh like, while the black and white emphasize the sinner part which is detailed and not normal. However, regardless of where these to cut our being, it is a part of us all and God's love still covers us all.
ResurrectionThis abstract painting was a prophetic piece for my seminary. This seminary had undergone some financial challenges and restructuring. The hard square varied shapes communicate different kinds of people, classes, races of students converging in the center, which eventually if you look closely creates a cross. I quote a phrase by Tony Palmer, an Anglican Bishop, "Differences are Divine, Division is Diabolical."
Remember MeThis art piece was created with pencil and is a self-portrait. Its title "remember me" was a cry for the artist to remind herself and others of the African-American communities that live in challenging segregated and poor areas in the united states, but for especially the children. The artist reveals part of her story in the self-portrait while simultaneously accompanying the struggling African-American communities.
Passion SundayThis was used as a sermon while we read the long reading from Mark's passion story. This painting is combination of all the readings from the lectionary on March 29th.The Old Testament emphasis on hearing the Word, Epistles focus on caring for others, and the gospel encompassing everything from the woman who anointed Jesus to one of the disciples betraying him.