Sacred Trees

Idyllically painted tree with fruit and a gold halo around it representing the Tree of Life from the Garden of Eden.
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Sacred Trees

Yesterday, my show called Sacred Trees opened at Angel Ambrose Fine Arts Studio.

Idyllically painted tree with fruit and a gold halo around it representing the Tree of Life from the Garden of Eden.
Tree of Life
Image of my studio with artwork for my show called Sacred Trees.
New body of work for the Sacred Trees show.

I’ve always said that my paintings were painted pictures from my diary. Sometimes I have called them painted parables. This show, would more accurately be described as paintings from my spiritual journal.

Faith has always been an integral part of my work, for as long as I can remember. It hasn’t always been out front. And, I never wanted to paint religious art even though God is woven into every part of my life.

So, how did I come to paint an entire body of expressly and overtly Christian work? Because like Jacob, I wrestle with God. When I wrestle in my head, it comes out in paint.

A woman, in the process of writing a book, approached and asked me to consider painting the two trees in The Garden for her book. It didn’t take long for me to say yes. I had often contemplated these two trees and planned on painting them…someday. My curiosity grew and I began to ponder, then paint, these two trees.

Painting of the two trees from the Garden of Eden called Taste of Eternity.
Painting of the two trees from the Garden of Eden called Taste of Eternity.

Years ago, I painted a profoundly impactful tree, based off John 15, which represented Christ. I put into imagery, being grafted in to Christ. Andrew Murray’s teaching on Abiding changed my life. I learned the elementary value of resting in Christ. This year, as I studied and painted, I began to see the correlation of the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden and abiding in Christ.

Image of a small graft into a tree with a white sling holding the graft into place.
Painting of Abide based off John 15.

This summer I “accidentally” ordered a book that had an illustration of the two trees. It catapulted me deeper into what I had been learning.

As I have consumed material, journaled, thought, prayed and talked with many people, an intense desire to teach using art has risen up. Many of the images are useful conveying Biblical concepts.

I hope you find the images beautiful, intriguing, and perhaps even disturbing.

For any who would make the trip, please contact me and I will happily provide an opportunity for you to view the show. It will be up until the end of December, 2014.

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6 Comments

  1. So thankful to see your show AND YOU on Friday night in person. Glad you shared the Sacred Tree text here with your gorgeous paintings as accents. I hope [eventually] you’ll share your F.U.D. series and paintings about the talents here in the future. Your words plus your imagery create a mighty work for God’s glory.

    1. You’re welcome for the encouragement which flows both ways, My Beautiful Friend. I’ll look forward to those future posts. Keep going. You’re doing good.

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