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Each image is printed on 100% cotton rag, archival, fine art, textured paper, and comes with a copy of the artist's commentary.
I named this piece “It is I”. When I painted, I finished His eyes first. Each morning when I came into my studio, these giant eyes seemed to pierce through me. On days when I was struggling, or there were sad things going on in the world, I seemed to look in His eyes and it felt better. I felt the words often, “I am stronger than your storm, Heather.” I thought to name the painting ‘stronger than your storm’. One morning before painting I was reading Matt 14. The apostles were in the midst of waves in the sea. When they saw Christ walking on water, they were afraid. “But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.”
It is I... To me He’s saying, “I’M HERE. I know you, and you know me. I love you, and it’ll be okay.” I find comfort in the way He spoke to them, like he knew them intimately, and in return knows us the same. My prayer is that if there is anyone wondering of Christ’s care for them, that they can look into these eyes and feel His undying love. He is direct. He can see our struggles and He is not afraid.
I’m not sure how my wings got this way. I’m not sure how or when they broke. It was slow and something of subtlety… My wings were as colorful as they come. Out of my own fear, I’ve let them fall and turn gray. I’ve hidden myself. I’ve tried to be something that others will be pleased with, and in doing so, I’ve only found displeasure with myself. This image is me promising myself something… That I will pick up my wings and let them teach me to fly. Please, my loving God, let them fly.
I painted this painting at a time of my life when I was crippled with fears. “What will people think?… What if I don’t succeed?… What if no one understands?…”
This was a journal entry at the end of a long night. As I finished the painting, I heard the words, almost as if the painting could speak to me. It said,
“Heather, you know what to do.
Let your fears fall and follow your heart.”
That is my message to you. Whatever it is that you want, and whatever fears you might have standing in your way,
Let your fears fall and follow your heart.
This painting is based on an ancient compass called the “Liahona”. It symbolizes that Divine guidance can be an active participant in each of our lives.
The hands reach down from Heaven, offering us unconditional support and wisdom.
As I painted, I recognized that the hands make the basic shape of a heart. This is more significant for me, as the Divine continues to guide me to pure love. Unconditional love is becoming my inner compass.
One night I was kneeling in prayer. As I filled my mind up with all the things I wished I were doing, and all the qualities I wished I had, and all the reasons I can't do or be those things... I heard in my mind this sentence "Heather, you are like a bird who doesn't know she's not in a cage." The Divine knew I would know what that meant. Just a week earlier we let Avie’s birds out of their cage for the first time. We watched for hours as they walked in circles not leaving a two-foot circumference; almost as if in fear of their freedom. They were afraid of their capabilities. And they were so used to doing what they had always done, they didn't know what else to do.
At this moment I connected with them in a way. I saw myself in them, and out of those words whispered to me that night, I created this piece.
My question to you is, have you created your own walls that don't exist?
The ground is barren where she stands for a reason. Signifying there is nothing left there within the walls of her own limitations. She is looking outward, realizing she's free and knows that it's time to fly...