His Face Shines Upon You | 16x20 | oil on panel.
This painting was inspired by a real family that I got to know during my travels in Kenya.
This particular scene was pieced together from a couple of different moments of their life, set in the early morning of the day.
In both Kenya and Haiti, I witnessed a daily rhythm very much connected to the light of the sun and a sense of being a creature living and moving within creation. The culture I come from allows me to live indoors in a climate I can control for myself, regardless of what is happening outdoors. If it is dark, I can turn on the lights. If it is hot outside, I can crank the A.C. and wear sweats. I govern my own rhythms and environments. When I traveled to these specific cities and villages, I was surprised by how much I ached to be as tied to the rhythms of the natural world around me as the people I encountered were. In their context, creation and its Creator were very much respected and danced with and they could not be ignored.
Often in painting this piece, I was reminded of the scriptural blessing that says, "May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. May he lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace." As well as, "For in Him we live and move and have our being." For me, this sweet little scene of momma and daughter is the embodiment of these truths.
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