Faith as my inspiration
The art I produce draws deeply upon my love of nature, but also upon my faith in God. In my mind the two elements sit in perfect harmony. The Bible tells us that God is the creator of everything earthly and natural. The world that I see out of my window, the trees and birds and other creatures that feature in my work, are all God-given. Recreating something original by drawing on my faith in a good and peaceful God, has become a passion for me.
People of all religions, including those without a religion, can share a belief in something that is good and inspirational. I try to bring an element of peace and hope to the recipients and viewers of my tree paintings. I believe that trees in themselves have a power to calm and heal an individual – the structure, the noise, the changing throughout the seasons is all very interesting and reinforces my belief in God as the creator.
My personal faith is Christianity. However, you do not need to be a Christian to understand and appreciate the words I choose to use in my paintings; anyone can take comfort in these words.
I have used various Bible verses within my tree paintings and jewellery. Due to the nature of the paintings being bigger, they lend themselves to longer phrases and scripture. The words are entwined within the branches of the trees and become part of the design. I have chosen verses that motivate or encourage me in my life. They are often relevant for occasions such as christenings, weddings and even at times of sadness.
The miniature paintings set in my jewellery tend to feature a single word or very short phrase, which are often inspired by stories from the Bible or just how I feel when reading the verses. I hope that the wearers of these pieces find strength in the words I have chosen. Below are some examples of my Christian-inspired jewellery.
Art and Mindfulness
Mindfulness is also something that has found a place in our sometimes busy day-to-day life. It is important for everyone to take a moment and appreciate it. This appreciation of being alive and living in a moment is helped by nature. For me, art is a way to practise mindfulness; taking the time to look around at the world and notice the details. A painting hanging on a wall or a pendant hung around a neck, can often be a reminder that we need to slow down, focus on the good and actively practise mindfulness.
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