A Smiling Image of Jesus Welcomes You!
14 x 7 inches (36 x 18 cm) IMAGE SIZE, in double mats (that are of equal width on all sides) making a finished size of 20 x 13 inches (50 x 33 cm).
The top gray mat has textured flecks of color. It and the lower "Black Forest" green mat were selected by the artist. Both are museum-quality 100% cotton. The print is backed with foamboard and is protected by an acid-free plastic bag.
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Image Size: 14 x 7 inches (36 x 18 cm) print in the paper edition of 500. Please note that the paper edition is being offered here.
Inspiration: The hymn Hosea written by Weston Priory, often sung in my church, inspired me. Lyrics are: "Come back to me with all your heart. Don't let fear keep us apart. Long have I waited for your coming home to me and living deeply our new life."
Here Jesus is just beginning his ministry. The drape color previews his loving sacrifice of Himself for us. I hoped, while painting, to show the Jewish Hebrew origins of Jesus, with olive skin and darker hair. I respect the many other ways that Jesus has been painted through the ages. I hope this image, offered from my heart with humility, expresses His endless compassion and love.
Since the art was conceived to use for a counseling center, I had hoped to show Jesus welcoming people to draw closer to Him, to receive comfort and hope in the face of great difficulties. I especially wanted children coming into the center to feel welcomed and safe.
In the Southern Nebraska Register (February 9, 2007 on pages one and two), journalist S. L. Hansen wrote about the image as follows:
Strong hands reach out eagerly from the canvas. His face is full and manly, with a thick beard and a joyous sparkle in his eyes. His lips seem about to part, to say your name. - S. L. Hansen
Color: Some computer screens may modify the color of the art. Some may make the image lighter or darker than it is. It has rich red and burgundy in the drape, within a field of multicolored muted grasses and flowers.
Kind of print: Photographic print made by a professional printer, Midwest Photo Company, approved and signed by the artist.
There is also a canvas giclee edition of #250 in a large size of 30x15 available from: