There is a lot going on right now in my life both personally and professionally. God is opening new doors for my artwork. And I am experiencing many changes in my personal life. All of this is exciting and challenging at the same time. I strive to keep my focus on Him as I work in my studio. But I am aware that everything influences creativity…from music I have heard, to people I have encountered, to words I have read, to even the sights and sounds I have experienced….all of these things create undercurrents in my work. In the midst of it all, I long to worship and praise my Creator as I paint. Psalm 63 is a passage very close to my heart. It resonates in my spirit and speaks what I am feeling. Thank you Lord for the opportunity to glorify You with the work of my hands…
Psalm 63
1 O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in your sanctuary
and gazed upon your power and glory.
3 Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
how I praise you!
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands to you in prayer.

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Morning Song

Psalm 28:6-7

Praise the Lord!
    For he has heard my cry for mercy.
 The Lord is my strength and shield.
    I trust him with all my heart.
He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
    I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

God is so good.  He has helped me through a season of loss, grief, and transition.  My heart is singing this morning in gratitude for His faithfulness.  My word for this year is ‘faithful’.  I’m striving to be more aware each day of His unending mercy and compassion.  And also yearning to be more faithful in all that I say and do.  Thank you Father…

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Near to the heart of God

This past week has been pretty rough. I’ve had to face some tough things and am finding myself feeling anxious. My life is in transition and it is easy to be afraid. I am clinging to Isaiah 41:10 “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
Thank you Father. I am leaning into you and asking for your love and protection to surround me as I travel this journey…

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As Easter approaches I once again ponder Christ’s sacrifice for us. This painting is a portrayal of his intercession on our behalf…
The red symbolizes the outpouring of his blood from the cross…the white is a symbol of the purity and holiness of his sacrifice…the green indicates the growth and transformational change that occurs as we accept his gift…the calligraphic marks represent his cries and prayers of intercession for us…”Father forgive them for they know not what they do”…
I stand in awe of so great a love for us…and am humbled once again by his grace…

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outpouringIt’s hard to believe that I’ve been painting for 25 years. Creating art still delights my heart and soul, even after so much time…
This piece once again represents my spiritual journey…the calligraphy, as always, represents my prayers…and in this work the blue portrays the outpouring of God’s presence into my studio and work…
My hope is that my artwork will, in some small way, minister to those who view it. That is what makes it all worthwhile…
I pray you are touched by something you see here…
be blessed my friends…

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Coming Home

cominghomeI was recently asked about the meaning of this piece, titled ‘Coming Home’…It was a vision I had shortly after my father died…It’s a portrayal of his ‘coming home’ to heaven…of passing through the thin veil between here and the beyond…of entering into the very presence of God…
I still miss him so very much. But I know some day I will join him once again and rejoice over our ‘coming home’…

In 2 Corinthians 5 we read…
“For we know that when we die and leave this earthly body we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands… we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing…God himself has prepared us for this and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit…”

This piece can be viewed at http://www.petterwinegallery.com

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passionI’ve been reading lately about how God is a jealous god…and how He pursues us passionately…His first commandment was that we should have no other gods before Him…and He meant it. Anything that we love more than Him can become an idol. And God reaches down into our lives with His unfathomable love to pursue our hearts. This piece expresses for me that passionate pursuit…
God give me wisdom to discern the idols in my life, and help me to worship only You…thank you for your unwavering and passionate desire for an intimate relationship with me…I love you…

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