A painting speaks a thousand words, but a prophetic painting speaks life, releasing a message directly from the heart of God...
I frequently get questions from folks about what I paint and why I paint. Here is my attempt at answering some of these great questions and providing some insight into what I do. Note there are many definitions of prophetic art out there, this is written purely from my experience!
WHAT IS WORSHIP ART
Worship Artglorifies God and is created in an atmosphere of worship and praise to God. Worship art points others to Jesus and displays the multifaceted beauty of God's holiness, power, love and grace in visual and creative form. Worship art can be both a personal expression of praise for the artist, and an integral part of the worship experience, as the images illustrate and give greater meaning to the worship. Worship art can be prophetic, and the creation of prophetic art can be a form of worship.
WHAT IS PROPHETIC ART
Art in its basic sense, is just a visual form of communication. God communicates with us in many ways, and one of those ways is through prophetic art. Prophetic Art is avisual message from God's heart, communicated through the artist to build up (Edify) lift up (Exhort), and encourage (Comfort) others. 1 Corinthians 14:3 says, "But he who prophesies speaks Edification and Exhortation and Comfort to men." If a painting speaks a thousand words, a prophetic paintingspeaks life throughthe Holy Spirit, releasing a message of edification, exhortation and comfort from the heart of God.
WHY I PAINT
When I paint, I invite God to speak and reach through my art to release messages of hope to others. My art is meant to glorify God and to encourage and inspire His children! I believe that each painting carries an anointing to release something specific, whether Healing, Freedom, Grace, Courage, Boldness, Love, Truth, Righteousness...
HOW I PAINT
Spontaneous... When I paint it can sometimes be a spontaneous event. While I know I am going to paint something, I have no idea what it's going to look like until it is finished. Before I begin, I quiet myself, pray, and ask God what He wants to say, what is on His heart for that moment and is there a picture He can give me to express whatever that is.
Inspired... Sometimes the Holy Spirit will give me an image in my minds eye before I begin to paint. Or I might get a word or scripture in my spirit and I will ask Him what that looks like. At times when l have no idea what God wants me to paint, I'll ask Him is there a color? I'll start with a brush stroke of that one color, and it will be transformed into something meaningful as I talk with him throughout. It's a dialog with my Father! Once God is finished with the painting (and with me), I realize I have just uncovered what was already there, so that others can see it.
Creative... Through painting with God, I have come to realize that I was created to create. I believe we all have creative potential because God is the Master Creator, and He has made us in His image(Gen 1:26-27), and also gave us minds and imaginations to create with. Creativity is not just for art, music, dance, or writing, but it has a place in all aspects of life. Creativity helps us to solve problems and accomplish any job. If you don’t feel creative, you can ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what your creative gifts are. “I wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.” Proverbs 8:12