a new view

"every mountain" 17" x 21" watercolor SOLD giclée prints available
“every mountain” 17″ x 21″ watercolor SOLD giclée prints available

It’s been written that “faith moves mountains” — and what a faith this must be to lift up and throw into the sea that which is to the eye so permanent and unchanging.

So —


But faith — Thomas Merton wrote — “terminates in God.”

“It is the opening of an inward eye, the eye of the heart, to be filled with the presence of divine light.”

The process of creating this piece was a trinitarian meditation as I evolved each section of the painting both separately and in connection with the other two.

In this separate yet connected experience, I noticed how much variation a single part of a scene can hold and still convey a unified presence.

I also noticed that as the artist, I had little to say about the composition or color and mood of the middle section — it was literally painted by both ends.

This strikes me as a nice metaphor for faith.

Faith is our reception of God, and with it we receive —

A new view that cannot be created from our side alone, a new view that materializes in our unknowing —

And has the power to change and move the mountains in our lives —

Especially those standing in the way of our —

Divine hearts.

Author: Julie Ann Stevens

My art flows from the patterns & paths of my lived experience which ⏤ like yours ⏤ are at once deeply personal and entirely universal.

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