For the Least of These

Acrylic on canvas 40" x 30" A young girl stands waiting. Anxious. Needing food. The baby birds symbolize the intense need and hunger she has that cannot be ignored. The background is layered to create a feeling of the passage of time. A limited palette was used to emphasize the needs waiting to be filled.

Walk For Water

18" x 14" Acrylic on Canvas A girl from Mozambique in the midst of her daily walk for water.

Teach Me To Fish

Acrylic on Canvas 30” x 24” A boy from the Bukeye region of Burundi, Africa holds a fishing pole while stopped in a moment of contemplation. He lives in a poor area and often goes hungry. The fish at the bottom represent the possibility for him to learn skills to sustain himself and for his community to thrive when provided with resources and opportunities. This painting was done from a photo given to me by the Cries of A Child ministry in Burundi.

Hunger pain

Acrylic onCanvas 24" x 20" A young girl from Mozambique on her way to get food. Her intense hunger is represented by the baby birds in the vessel on her head. Part of my "For the Least of These" series. My hope is that the viewer will be encouraged to respond to the needs of "the least of these." A wonderful image to create a point of discussion.

Waiting For You

11" x 14" Acrylic on Canvas A young boy in a poor community in China looking for hope, waiting for someone to come to his rescue.

When The Well Runs Dry

40' x 30" Acrylic on Canvas Based on a photograph taken by a friend in Mozambique, this painting questions what will happen to this boy and his community when the well runs dry. This is a reference both to clean drinking water and an emotional and spiritual dryness.

In The Shadow Of The Sacred

40" x 30" Acrylic on Canvas What do we hold sacred? This young girl and her baby brother live in extreme poverty in India. The arch of cows is a combination of sacred imagery from western and eastern cultures. The needs of these impoverished individuals are overshadowed by the idols of our cultures.

"Paulina" (Out of the Ashes)

20" x 16" Acrylic on Canvas Portrait of a woman rescued from slavery. Donated to the Freedom 58 Project portrait exhibit to bring awareness and hopefully an end to human trafficking and slavery.

Contemplating the Word

16" x 20" Acrylic and mixed media on canvas A woman in a kitchen contemplating what she read in the Bible amidst all the distractions of her everyday life. Within the blue background are transfers of scripture passages in addition to a hand written list of daily tasks.

Woman with Basket

8" x 10" Acrylic on Panel A female figure holds a basket of unlit candles. She contemplates where she is and where she is going without realizing the potential of light that she carries with her.

Along the Way

10" x 8" Acrylic and paper on Canvas

Choosing the Alabaster Jar

30" x 24" Acrylic and paper on canvas

In His Time

24" x 30" Acrylic on Canvas

Neglecting the Word

30" x24" Acrylic on Canvas

Unexpected News

24" x 30" Acrylic on Canvas

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Neglecting the Word

30" x24" Acrylic on Canvas