Snowy Good Friday…a reflection 

People ask me all the time where my inspiration comes from and it can be the simplest thing…today on this Good Friday it was the snow. 

I was reminded that Jesus died for my sins on a cross in a most cruel manner spilling his blood, giving his life for me. Let me tell you most sincerely that “I” didn’t deserve it and honestly there’s been times in my life that I didn’t want it. I didn’t want the son of God’s blood on my hands. I didn’t want to be the source of his suffering. But most of all I didn’t want to let HIM down again by screwing up. 

But here’s the thing. Jesus didn’t stay dead. It wasn’t in vain. It wasn’t death and that’s it. He conquered death, He washed sin away so that I could know Him, have a relationship with Him, walk my life with Him. You can’t do that with a dead man only one that’s truly Alive. God knows that I’m not perfect, He knows that the whole “Free Will” thing will still get me into trouble. But my mistakes aren’t the end. He gave up His life for me out of love not to abandon me when I screw up next, but to help show me a better way. This overwhelming Love and True Forgiveness is what makes me so Thankful that He remembered ME. While he hung there dying in pain on that cross WE were in His thoughts, in His heart. WE were why He died and I thank Him for it. 

In a world where true unconditional love seems like a fairy tale it’s hard to accept, but my life is testimony that it exists. He took my brokeness like these stain glass pieces and He put me back together, He washed my sins white as snow and made ME a new creation, a wonderful made piece of Art that Hopefully like light through glass will reflect His Love to others and for that reason I will gladly and humbly accept His Blood on my Hands ❤

Happy Easter

90 second lime light- Art in the community of Fort Saskatchewan 

A while back I got a random call one afternoon from Diane Yanch, the Culture & Historic Precinct Supervisor of the city telling me that Shaw was going to be doing a piece on our city, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta and asked if I’d mind being interviewed to discuss Art and community.

At the time I remember thinking “sure no prob” I’ve been interviewed on radio and in print before…no biggie…it wasn’t until I told my husband that it dawned on me Shaw is a TV station Haha.

Needless to say being a newbie to TV I had a few butterflies floating about but I made out ok. I loaded up 3 paintings for  my background including my latest Tree of Knowledge piece that I discussed last post, Despair an Acrylic 24″ x 36″ painting and a untitled poured abstract 2′ x 4′ and made my way down to set up.

Once we figured out how to attach a mic to a shrug and conceal wires we were golden. Though not shown I did start off the interview joking that “I paint so I don’t have to talk much” lol with much chopping and cropping later below is my 90 second contribution to this piece on Art in the community.

Thanks for watching! And stay tuned for more art and posts (as time and memory permit) 🎨


Blossoms of Intent, Fruit in the garden: The end to a 5 year project

If you’ve been following along for awhile you will know that 5 years ago I started a journey to paint a piece that I knew would be one of my major works, a rendition of the Genesis Tree of Knowledge.

What I did not know was that it would take me 5 years to complete it and how it ended would forever change the way in which I painted. But such is life, full of wonders. 

Let me tell you how this came to be.

Every year I have added an element, changed an aspect and at times completely painted over parts of this painting, so much has changed both in the art and the artist.

As some of you may know, I am a Christian and as such I bring to my Art elements that only a Christian artist can bring. I’m not talking about skill, imagery or style because anyone can do that, religious or secular alike but instead I mean Intent.

Everytime I create I try to focus on how I can make an impact in the community fitting of my faith and the gifts of artistic talent I have received from my Creator. So that when people look at something I’ve made they can see or feel God through it.

You see, as a Christian I fully believe that I have been blessed with a talent, a gift that is designed by God, entrusted to me to use to help spread the good news of Jesus love to others. 

(I understand that if you aren’t from a similar worldview this will seem foreign to you but I believe and the Bible teaches that we are all uniquely created and loved by God to have a relationship with Him through his son Jesus Christ and to serve others by sharing God’s love and Salvation to a hurting and broken world) 

Many in the Christian faith would question the validity of Art, and the value an artist can have in the faith; all too often citing biblical references of idolatry as one of the main downfalls of art. Believing that man should be the created not a creator.

They are all too quick to forget that in the Old and New Testament God placed value and trust in these artists. Who do you think he commissioned to sew and design the highly embroydered Priest robes, follow the design for the Ark of the covenant, paint, sculpt, carve, smelt the elements in the Temple. These were all preformed by artisans. 

Try Re-reading Exodus or 1 & 2  Chronicles or 1 Kings if you don’t believe me. Artists were well established and present in the church community.

For many years I have struggled with my role as a Christian artist letting myself believe that the only way I could contribute was through donations from the sales of my creations but that the art itself was of little to no real value, just another perishable item.

But I was wrong. I let my talents be cheapened and undervalued, I drank the Kool aid, bought the lie and fell into a very narrow mindset of what value a Christian artist could have. 

But then it clicked, the Holy Spirit came by snapped me back to the truth and I woke up. So let me share with you some of the things I’ve learned.

First, what I forgot was who’s image I am made in. 


If we are made in God’s image, then by nature creation in itself is something that is intrinsic to mankind. God is not Anti Art or against humanity creating. We we’re given freewill which means we are free to create. Its what we do with that creation that matters.

If we raise our creation above us and above God, deifying it then we are missing the point and placing value and importance on something that is just something beautiful not the ultimate source of Beauty, God.

Now I know some of you will say, but we don’t worship art in today’s world. 

Don’t we? 

Have you ever seen one of the “greats” art pieces sell at an auction. It becomes desired, sought after and coveted but it’s still just paint on canvas despite the degree of skill it’s created with. The artist was just a man(or woman) with an artistic gift. Just as blossoms on a tree are beautiful they will fade but hopefully they were intented to bare fruit.

Secondly, Since I was given this natural talent, this gift, it’s not inheritantly wrong it’s like anything else it’s the intent and purpose to which it is used. So if I paint intending to use it to edify myself, to seek public praise pump up my ego and fill my pockets with riches I am using my talent poorly. 

But if I create with the intent to Glorify my creator, with the purpose of showing and sharing God’s love with others than I’m creating with purpose. Intent makes art go from paint on canvas to something with meaning. It opens a dialogue with the viewer and starts a conversation between souls.

Thirdly Art has value. 

Yes you read that right. The things I create, you create have value. Not in that I plan to be this amazing artist and bless the world with my unique style and skill value. No. Though there’s is the value of skills shared and passed on from artist to artist.

But it has value in that the God of the Universe, the master Creator has blessed me with this ability and love to create. 

So think of it this way.

Christian artists are in an apprenticeship with the Great Artist the Creator of all things.

Now am I greater than the master? No. But it’s not about Greatness, I would argue that it’s about Humility.

If I put my ego aside, then I can focus on the Master Artist and take advantage of this time I have in His apprenticeship to learn all I can. Artistically and Spiritually United as one. We are made whole in Christ not to compartmentalize aspects of us but to work smoothly as one whole entity.

I can use my Art as David the Psalmist did to praise and communicate with God. Each painting, each creation can be an offering, a dialogue like prayer, a way to worship my maker and a way to share that experience with the viewer. 

So how did I finish this piece in one weekend after 5 years of trying? Simply put I prayed and asked God and the Holy Spirit to guide me and help me to work with purpose and just like turning on a light the Artist block I had was removed and I could see step by step where this piece was going, what materials to use and that it needed to be done now. So I followed the Master as he guided me through and I worked for 3 days straight finishing it.

I hope in someway it blesses you and helps you to draw closer to the greatest artist that ever was, is and forever will be.

 I will be doing a separate post in the next few days giving the creative breakdown of this mixed media painting. But for now here is

“עֵץ הַדַּעַת טוֹב וָרָע”  –

(Etz ha-da’at tov va-ra)

Which is Hebrew for 

“The Tree of Knowledge of good and evil”

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Happy Tree vs Trashy Tree

So I saw this today

And was reminded yet again why I get so frustrated with the Modern/Abstract art community.

First off the next person that gasps and calls my art riské is getting a list of MUCH more evocative pieces than mine and told to suck it up, because I am positively conservative in comparison…you know who you are!

Secondly, artists like McCarthy frustrate me. Didn’t you study Art History? Duchamp made his point with his “Fountain” now move on, learn from it and stop peddling crap (in some cases literally).

Just because it worked for Margritte does not mean you can pull it off especially when the piece you are trying to re-create is giant, bright green and clearly resembles a sex toy. “Ceci N’est pas une…” Um yes, yes it is.

I’m sure the Slap Happy Parisian was just trying help Mr McCarthy snap  back to reality.

As good old Shakespeare said
“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet;”….
Hmm wait, You say “Tree”, I say “Sex toy”…it’s still a Potato.

The other trouble with pieces like “Tree” and many, many others like it is that they cause the non Art community to question the value of Art as a discipline, especially a government funded one that will cause lil Timmy to have grand thoughts of someday creating giant inflatable sex toys and sticking them in the middle of a major city and also tends to add fodder to the grand debate to cut Arts from schools altogether.

So just a thought, for future reference (and to keep the non-Art community off our backs,) the next time you want to evoke the whole identity switcheroo you aim for subtly.

For example


How about a giant inflatable Green Lego Tree called “Sex Toy” 😉

If nothing else, Bob Ross might rest better knowing that “in our world there lives a happy little tree”.