|Favourite style of art: Dynamic realism|
Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.
…And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended.
R E V E L A T I O N 12 : 17; 20 : 2 – 3
This painting essentially represents the mission of Jesus Christ, which can be summarized as: Kill the dragon. Get the girl. That’s the redemptive theme of the whole Bible in six words. The dragon, of course, is Satan and his followers as they manifest themselves in different institutions and movements. The sin-shackled woman is the Church, who Christ comes to rescue and take for himself as his bride. Consequently, it also represents the mission of Christ’s body, the Church, as we arm ourselves “to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Eph 6:11) and endeavor to “seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10)
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
Acrylic on hardboard, 18” x 24”
Modern people like to see freedom as the complete absence of any constraints. But think of a fish. Because a fish absorbs oxygen from water, not air, it is free only if it is restricted to water. If a fish is “freed” from the river and put out on the grass to explore, its freedom to move and soon even to live is destroyed. The fish is not more free, but less free, if it cannot honor the reality of its nature. The same is true with airplanes and birds. If they violate the laws of aerodynamics, they will crash into the ground. But if they follow them, they will ascend and soar. The same is true in many areas of life: Freedom is not so much the absence of restrictions as finding the right ones, those that fit with the realities of our own nature and those of the world. So the commandments of God in the Bible are a means of liberation, because through them God calls us to be what he built us to be.
– Tim Keller, Every Good Endeavor
Oil on canvas panel, 20" x 24"
“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done.” Revelation 22:12
This is more of a parabolic depiction of the coming of Christ, using the imagery of a medieval king riding out at the head of his knights, than a literal depiction of the parousia. Hopefully it conveys the idea well enough.