15×15 Panel Oil Painting 2019

This messy Jesus was based on a friend who survived cancer. As I was painting, she shared her story of overcoming cancer and her mess, I asked if I could turn her into a painting of Jesus. It may seem strange to you. But I’ve learned everyone is a model for Jesus. I specifically added the bright red on her throat and chest as I reflected on the scars she bears from cancer treatment. Jesus wears our scars too.

About the messy Jesus paintings.

Where is Jesus in this mess? Touch and see for yourself. I am right handed and have always thought of my left hand as a mostly useless appendage as far as art making is concerned. These paintings are all created using my left hand, no paint brushes, and no planning. When I’m feeling overwhelmed I create a big mess of paint using my fingers. Then I remove paint using my hands and tools to reveal the face of Christ I see in the mess. I have found Him in my mess over 200 times so far. I believe God is present in every mess. Can you find Jesus in your mess?