I struggle to believe that Jesus is accepting, loving, and kind. I know that he is, but I don’t believe that he is. When I don’t do things perfectly, he must be disappointed. When I don’t pray enough, he must respond by withdrawing from me. When I screw up, he’s not going to help.
It dawned on me one day that I see Jesus the same way I see the world, and that has a lot more to do with my story than it does with Him. I want to see him more clearly, but it’s like I’m looking through a fogged glass. He’s distorted. As I get healthier, I see him more clearly, but it’ll never be enough.
But that’s not how He sees me. He sees clearly and he’s not disappointed, withdrawn, or angry.
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This is the very first painting that I did in this series, and I didn’t think anyone would like it. In fact, I was worried that my friends and family would find it weird and maybe even repulsive.
I was so wrong. This series has been a blessing to so many who resonate with the message of hope shadowed by this world.
I have a hard time seeing God as joyful and happy to see me. For this second piece in the series, I explored a face of God that’s joyful and glad. You can see in his eyes that he’s smiling, maybe even laughing with joy to see you.
The original painting includes silver-colored paint.
We are all being refined, like gold. That refining process is part of what helps us peel back the layers of fog between us and see God clearly.
I learned something amazing. When refining gold you start by removing all sorts of useless things like dirt and stone, and then you remove other impurities. The very last thing that you remove is silver. Silver? Silver in itself is very valuable! But, in comparison to gold, silver is an impurity and pollutes the gold.
What a metaphor for life and God. He is more valuable than gold, and sometimes the things that cause use to “miss” him are things that are actually quite valuable. Just not as valuable as him.
With each of these portraits, I do the entire painting and then cover it up. I don’t like the cut corners and skip the details because our own “junk” that hinders us doesn’t actually change him. It just keeps us from seeing him.
I decided to explore the idea of the paint being close, but not actually on the portrait. In this 3-dimensional painting, the portrait is pristine and perfect, and the “cloud” is all on a piece of acrylic that is suspended in front of Jesus. In fact, you can peek into the side of the painting and see that Jesus is completely clean!
This painting is all about how accepting Jesus is. He doesn’t reject us despite our many rejections of him.
I loved the physical impact of “Silver” and decided to create a similar piece of artwork but with subtle differences. I decided to emphasize different features of Jesus, while pushing others into the background. I’m very pleased with how this piece came out.
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Nashville-based artist Isaac specializes in creating captivating and tranquil paintings that feature his faith, breathtaking clouds, serene waters, and remarkable sunrises. His passion is to capture the fleeting beauty of life on canvas and bring that inspiration into your home.
In addition to his main body of work, Isaac regularly does custom work, ranging from personalized landscapes, to portraits, and even illustrations. His paintings are cherished in homes across the country.
Married to his high school sweetheart Lorrie, who is also an artist, they both enjoy earning their livelihood through their shared passion for art. Their studio is just south of Franklin, TN.