Oil on paper, mounted to aluminum panel. 16,5 x 25,5”.
Chris and Tracy Brester Collection.
The Reign of Jesse’s Offspring
1 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. 2 The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
3 His delight is in the fear of the Lord, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears; 4 But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. 5 Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, And faithfulness the belt of His waist.
6 “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them. 7 The cow and the bear shall graze; Their young ones shall lie down together; And the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. 9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord As the waters cover the sea.
10 “And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the Gentiles shall seek Him, And His resting place shall be glorious.”
Out of Babylon. Her Lord calls. She follows.
A painting for Tea. Pietro and Michela Lucchetti collection.
Mixed media on arches, mounted on panel. 13 x 20". 2018.
Mixed water-based media. Arches watercolor mounted on panel.
25" x 25". 2017.
Pietro and Michela Lucchetti collection.
A Painting for Nives - Commissioned Work.
Whether floating elegantly to the ground, or playing their part in a raging winter tempest, snowflakes maintain their unique integrity while fulfilling the will of their creator. They are an unassuming source of beauty brought forth in the desert of winter, and collectively they are entrusted with providing the life-sustaining moisture that will yield a bountiful spring. Certain snowflakes will become part of a mountainous drift; others will be planted singularly onto frozen window panes for the fascination of little eyes. Whatever their destiny we are assured that each and every one is accounted for.
Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-30
In our fallen state we often struggle to realize our true worth and created purpose. Yet, there are those of us, by an unbounded measure of grace, who have our vision of the truth restored, and the winter of our hearts slowly begins to thaw.
Some are enlightened by loved ones, others by a perfect stranger. Many are they who are shaken by tragedy, still others by the monotony and unfulfillment of excess. There are countless ways for the heart to be awaken, and every child of God will be lead to a moment where they must make a decision whether to accept the grace of our savior. Once a life has been dedicated unto its creator, the journey toward eternal life may begin.
The Good shepherd knows his flock, and he left his sheepfold specifically for the purpose of guiding them home. Frozen into a moment of time, he knows just where to find us, and why our crystalline structure has been laid just so. He works in us to transform us, so that we may fulfill our role in the arrival of the greatest spring the universe has ever known.