The Painting that I submitted is titled Holy and was created as part of a series of works which explore aspects and qualities of the nature of God. When I painted this particular piece I was contemplating God's holiness, purity and what it means that he is triune. When considering these qualities we immediately become aware of how they contrast with the fallen world and our human nature. It would be easy to put distance between God and ourselves, for who is there like him? Holiness itself means 'set apart'. However, the gospel is that though God is holy and as humans we do fall short, he loves us unconditionally and longs to walk in relationship with us and this is made possible through Jesus. When creating this image which focuses on these attributes I felt it was important to do so in such a way that also expresses something of his closeness and warmth.
In Holy, the colour white is symbolic of God's purity and holiness and the single piece of ribbon which has been gently rolled to form three fully connected sections is reminiscent of the trinity. The hands holding the ribbon again echo the wholeness and unity of the trinity as they gently encapsulate the threefold ribbon. I feel the hands also bring a sense of warmth to the overall image reminding us of God's loving nature as well as reminding us of his connection with humanity and his desire to walk in close relationship with us.
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