Paintings are finished!

It’s hard to actually admit that the work is done, when looking it over, I want to tweak and adjust and in some cases re-do but… they are finished!

Trees of the Book wall map

Trees of the Book wall map

Grafted and nourished: Romans 11:24

This work entitled “Inclusive tree” is my visual interpretation of Romans 11 . Painting this I was inspired by how different everyone is and how God sees us all equally. We’re all his children regardless of of our limbs and roots. Serendipitously, even though Chris had not seen the painting, his writing captures the image perfectly.

This work entitled “Inclusive tree” is my visual interpretation of Romans 11 . Painting this I was inspired by how different everyone is and how God sees us all equally. We’re all his children regardless of of our limbs and roots. Serendipitously, even though Chris had not seen the painting, his writing captures the image perfectly.

This is an excerpt of a reflection for Trees of the Book by Chris Schoon

“What we encounter then in Romans 11 is a beautifully hopeful picture of God’s reclamation project. Rather than the ethnic, tribal exclusivity that dominates the landscape of human relationships, God, the original master Gardener, has undertaken a complete reclamation project to reunite us rebellious, isolated, malformed, stubborn, wild shoots within God’s garden-kingdom. Instead of throwing us away, God has lifted us out of our sinful separation and grafted us together as God’s people through Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.”

Having pastored previously in both Michigan and Ontario, Chris Schoon serves as the Director of Faith Formation Ministries for the Christian Reformed Church. He enjoys hiking, board games, and back yard BBQs. Chris is the author of Cultivating an Evangelistic Character (Wipf & Stock, 2018). 

I couldn't help myself

I was a graphic designer once and love typography, layout, and design. So I began to play around with what this project could potentially look like. As a former newspaper art director, I have a vision for the final product and this has informed the way I produce these works. In some ways, they are more like illustrations than paintings because the subtle nuances are discovered when viewed closely in that span from eyes to printed page. Visual interpretation of my impressions of the scripture text and the closeup version of the works will hopefully allow the reader to slow down and meditatively reflect.

The elegant and easy to read typeface is Warnock Pro

The elegant and easy to read typeface is Warnock Pro

RZIM Centre

I have the privilege of showing 32 of the Trees of the Book project at the RZIM Centre in the CBC Building on Front Street in Toronto. The show will run until the beginning of March. 250 Front Street W, Unit 101, Toronto, Ontario (9:00 am to 5:00 pm).

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