Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Joy of My Heart -- A lifetime of Paintings

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭27:13-14‬ ‭

I am starting a new venture. I have an attic full of the paintings I have created over the years. Many mean a great deal to me...well...ALL mean a great deal to me, but it is time to sell them. Paintings are not meant to hide in attics. So I pulled down a smattering of them, photographed and catalogued them, and posted an album on Facebook. One by one I will auction them off on eBay (I hope) unless friends and followers bid on them first. If interested you may email me at

It was elucidating looking over years of my artwork. I have many common symbols that I use over and over again. Such as horses. I love horses and in many of my pictures, the horse is the symbol of me.

 A second common motif is a path.  Even before becoming a Christian, the straight and narrow path peppered my drawings. Since following Christ, it has become a major symbol in my creative outpouring. I want to be on the right path.

I also have many pictures of lighthouses. That symbolism is clear. A lighthouse warns travelers of dangerous obstacles that could harm them in the darkness of night or grayness of storms. They are  beacons of hope that a ship is near shore, and perhaps close to journey's end. Lighthouses are my symbol of the God who lights our way and beckons us safely home.

The lighthouse above is on auction now on eBay. Go here to find it.

Then there is nature, especially trees. I love trees, the strength and towering height, reaching to heaven, providing shade, and teeming with life. They are a symbol for me of God's refuge, protection, and strength.

Water often makes an appearance in my work. Oceans, rivers, ponds, waves. The ocean especially reminds me of God's vastness, His limitless depths, His power and majesty.

And I've always had a love affair with color. The richer and more unusual and unexpected the better. Color is the spice that flavors the beauty of God's world. I have at least a hundred more paintings to go through. It is like a journey to my core, what matters most to me, what brings me joy.

Every one speaks to me of God.

Philippians 4:8 

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.


  1. Beautiful!!! I like thermal, but the third one from the bottom really calls my attention.

  2. All amazing, and yes, I know the symbolism shines throughout!