“O Son of Man! I loved thy creation, hence I created thee. Wherefore, do thou love Me that I may name thy name and fill thy soul with the spirit of life.”
I am a member of the Bahá’í Faith and love it very deeply. My faith inspires me in all aspects of my life, including my artwork. Here are a few pieces I have made on Bahá’í themes.
This piece was made as part of a Bahá’í study course on courtship that I participated in soon after I met Nick. Two years later, we got married.
The branches follow the outline of my hand in his, showing our growing connection. I chose a magnolia tree because they are a sign of everlasting fidelity. Below you can view the same drawing again with the full quote from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the outline of the hands highlighted, mine in orange, his in red.
When I was nineteen, I traveled with my mother, father, and twin sister on pilgrimage to the Holy Land in Haifa, Israel. This is a portrait of my mother standing before the Shrine of the Báb.
After my pilgrimage to Haifa, Israel, I was so inspired by the beauty of the Holy Land and the Shrine in particular that I painted this using a technique I had never tried before. I wanted to show the transcendency of that sacred spot, the blurring between earth and heaven.
I practiced the technique on a few smaller pieces before going to the large canvas. I was also attempting a glaze effect that I determined would not add to the larger piece.