First painting sold to Andrea - July 2016
I sold my first painting at the Lotus Gallery Art Walk towards the end of July. As I was setting up, a lady called Andrea did a U-turn in her car to see this painting called 'The Temptation' 5 hours later she turned up with her father who bought it for her. She was moved to tears by the write up that accompanies the painting.
I was so blessed that day. It was a thrill to sell my first piece and to touch the heart of someone.
Second painting ever sold - July 2016
This lady saw 'Tree of Life' at the Edmonton Art Walk I did in July 2016, one week after the Lotus Gallery Art Walk. She bought it three months after the Art Walk. She was not a Christian but said she is keen to look up all the scripture I used in the background of the painting. It sold for $850.
Third painting sold to Angela - August 2016
I met Angela at a mutual friends's birthday party. We talked all night. Then completely by accident we bumped into each other at a church I hardly ever visit. It was her first time there as she had just moved to the area.
It turns out she needed a preschool for her eldest son and I ran one.
The following day Angela's nanny was sick and was unable to take care of her children. Angela needed someone to mind her children for a few days. I offered to help her out. She offered to pay, but since she loved my paintings, I asked her to see if she would like to buy one of them instead. It turns out, one of my paintings really spoke to her and so did the word that goes with it. So much so, she was moved to tears. She said it was a real God moment.
She had a friend who passed away who kept drawing the tree of life for her and more recently she had a prophetic word over her that said she was like a tree with roots that went down in the earth and the leaves give fruit and healing to others.
Forth painting sold to Marilyn - August 2016 - a commission piece
When I told Marylin that I was a painter a month ago, she felt in her spirit that I was a prophetic painter and asked me to paint a piece for her. I thought she was joking at first, but she wasn't. So I went home and asked God what He would like me to paint for her. Immediately an image came to mind that I had seen before and I couldn't shake it. I asked God what scripture should accompany it and 2 Corinthians 5:17 immediately came to mind. The next morning when I opened my devotion, it was the same scripture and I knew then, that this was confirmation.
I started painting and realised how red it was, when it came to the flowers, I asked Marylin what colours she would like for her home, she said "fall" colours. I was overjoyed because these were the colours of the painting.
When Marilyn saw the painting, she began to cry. She said the Holy Spirit was in the painting. God really answered my prayers that she would be moved by it. I'm still pinching myself that God has taken me on this journey. He truely does do more than all we could ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us. (Ephesians 3:20).
Keri-Lynn commissioned me to do a painting September 2017
Kerri-Lynn asked me to do a painting for a cause and rally, 'Stand Up for Maherwar' A painting that would represent all Christian Pakistani Christians being persecuted in Pakistan for their faith.
The image of the statue of a woman holding up a baby at Hawrelak Park in Edmonton came to mind while sleeping that night, but chains breaking instead, and with the words: 'Breaking the Silence' came to mind. All based on Isaiah 58.
There is so much symbolism in this painting that I didn't even know or intend.
I did not know this initially, but that statue actually represents Ukrainian families seeking asylum in Edmonton from persecution, it is called; 'New Life... New Beginnings.' In the painting, the word silence around her loin area is very significant because young girls are sometimes raped and sexually assaulted and then are told to keep quiet or the whole family will be under threat.
The wall is in the scripture and says, we will be 'called repairer of broken walls' This is very significant because young girls are sometimes taken right in front of the family inside their home and married off. The very framework of their society in which they live is broken and the walls which are built and meant to protect them, does not.
I "accidently" painted a heart near her throat area. Kerri -Lynn was saying that the litiracal idiom emphasises the inability to speak when filled with emotion or fear, it can also symbolise the need for us to rise up in love for these women and be the voice they can't be for themselves.
Connie asked if I would submit an article and be a featured artist in her magazine for the May 2018 edition.
She also bought 'She Seeks Truth.' I was humbled and grateful to have my painting on the front cover of a magazine that is so widely distributed throughout Alberta and Vancouver.
It is my prayer that people will be intrigued enough by my paintings to open their bible and recognize that God's word is truly beautiful.