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"Like a River" was a very patient piece. Some paintings can offer a struggle but this one was different. She was steady in calmness and had a strength about her that I was captivated by. She is beyond simple in how she speaks but has a depth to her that radiates vulnerability. I had her in the studio for months just staring at her because I felt like I was suppose to add more layers, more colors, more because this painting felt too easy. Each time I would be working I'd take her down to add and yet each time she spoke the completeness that she was exactly how she was designed to be. She's very different from most of my paintings and I think that's why I became so attached. She loves her simplistic depth and uniqueness. There is a free spirit to her that I am drawn to. She is a bold peacemaker and I find a lot of comfort in knowing her story.


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48" X 48", MIXED MEDIA ON CANVAS, 2021


"Like a River" was inspired from many amazing places, people, symbols, shapes, colors, and memories. I never force a design even when having specific intentions or layouts. That is where my paintings have freedom and that is where I find their voice.


"Another reason going on by

Like a cloud in the sky

And like the world you went around

Knowing lifе goes up and down

It goes on


It goes on, on, on, on

Just like the river."




48 x 48 Inches, Mixed Media

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The vulnerability of this painting is hard to put into words. The number of layers you would have to scrape through to get to the canvas would take forever. There was an immense amount of frustration through so many stages of this painting that I had to simply stop all together. I tried to start over by painting the whole thing white. I thought if I could just have a fresh start and a bank canvas again I would be able to create that sense of freedom I was aching for in this painting. But as I started covering all of the pink pours of paint, I felt like I was only masking an incredibly beautiful story. One full of heart break, pain, disappointments, struggles, anger, and fear. Yet through the most insecure parts, I found a boldness that would not let me just "start over." There was too much to learn from. So many layers that had a voice and a story to be told. An important once that I couldn't just cover up because someone needed to hear those exact words, feel those exact emotions, and to feel not alone. It is a beautiful testimony to be shared.


I was so drawn to this painting in every way because I would have never predicted the outcome of this one. There is so much growth in this beautiful mess. There is a fight in her that cannot be dimmed. She is a light. And even on the hard days, she still holds onto God's promises. The blue arch in this painting reflect the Father's faithfulness in those promises. That we are loved. That we are worthy. That He will fight for us. That His plans will prosper us. That He gives peace. That there is purpose in all of this. It is worth all of the waiting to finally added the rest of these layers. The painting kept growing in color becoming more vibrant and free. There is a freedom about her that captivates me. She reminds me of the Hebrew word "hineni" which means, "Here I am. Send me."


No limits, no distractions, Lord send me. To be fully available and ready to obey instructions. There is boldness and freedom that rings on that one word. True worship is obedience to the voice of God. There is peace on the other side of obedience but not without sacrifice. When God approached Abraham to ask him to offer his only son as a sacrifice, Abraham responded, "Hineni!" not knowing what God was about to ask. We can't always see how God is creating our story but my prayer is that we respond with this freedom, peace, and boldness. Hineni!




36" X 48", MIXED MEDIA ON CANVAS, 2021


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And I've scaled all the highest of mountains And I've stood at the edge of their peaks But I still couldn't see to the edge of Your love for me


And I walked on the wildest of waters And I've sunk to the depths of the sea But I still couldn't fathom the depths of Your love for me


Canyons wide, oceans deep Can't contain all Your love for me No matter how high or far I reach There's no end to Your love for me


And I've wrestled belief in the valley And I barely hung on through the night But just when I thought it was darkest The sun began to rise


Canyons wide, oceans deep Can't contain all Your love for me No matter how high or far I reach There's no end to Your love for me


Where could I run that You wouldn't run after me? How could I fall when You already took the fall for me? Beyond the stars to the very breath I breathe There's no end to Your love for me

Where could I run that You wouldn't run after me? How could I fall when You already took the fall for me? Beyond the stars to the very breath I breathe There's no end to Your love for me


Canyons wide, oceans deep Can't contain all Your love for me No matter how high or far I reach There's no end to Your love for me Your love for me

Nothing like Your love for me


Nothing like Your love


Nothing like Your love


Nothing like Your love


Lyrics by Cory Asbury