While on an artists retreat in Vaughan Park, Auckland, New Zealand, I was to paint a series of sacred images called On Holy Ground. The term of the scholarship allowed me two months to paint an idea and series of modern sacred icons about God’s love for creation.
What Sacred Images Would I Paint?
After receiving the topic, I wanted to meditate on God’s love. In specific, the love circulating the globe without chaos, and instead with unity. So I meditated on God’s love that circulates the globe without chaos but with unity. I did these four sacred images during this Artist In Resident Program.
Motherhood and Mary represent the divine love through which we are all divinely connected. The breath we breathe, the air that flows, and the space we occupy is given equally to everyone.
While painting, I reflected on how the human species can so easily think it can take anything it wants from Mother Earth without there being any consequences?
The Most Powerful Sacred Image
For me, the most powerful and ironic of the four sacred images was what I call The Blood Lines. The red lines portray the systematic trade routes used for air travel and transport. Our planet has been given a unique ecological stillness for humanity’s benefit and growth. We are being forced in to ask who and how we are with ourselves and one another and the created order. This well orchestrated global chaos, inviting us to see the unseen in an invisible organism showing us how to change.
We should not clutch and hold on to the past, to our hurts, damage and even our comfort. Instead, breath in any beauty, thankfulness, wisdom, laughter or grace you can find.
Jesus often emphasized the words, “Do not be afraid,” as a reminder to humanity. The delicate equilibrium that exists in the natural world took billions of years to establish, yet in a mere 1,000 years, we have managed to disrupt and harm the Earth’s health and balance.
Can Sacred Images Make a Difference In a World Soooo…?
Have we truly shown abundant love and appreciation for the Earth and its creator? Let us take a moment to reflect on our individual contributions to the intricate web of life. It is time for the entire Earth to unite in praise of its creator. Unfortunately, our world is plagued by numerous problems such as climate change, devastating wildfires, ineffective leadership, political chaos, mass migrations, ecological disasters, and rampant hatred. We mindlessly manufacture commodities without considering the consequences. It is crucial for us to recognize the gravity of these issues and take responsibility for our actions.
Now we’re living through a transition, and change comes with chaos. Blessings on you and this sacred time of chaos and enjoy the reflection. I believe there is nothing insignificant about God’s love and tolerance of us. “All will be well and every manner of things will be well”, Julian of Norwich. Let our response to the creator be acceptance and faith without despair.