My latest oil painting: 30 x 40 “Ms. Sally”, Homecoming and dinner on the grounds in the 50’s. She is my great-grandmother.
Some say, “It is not all about heritage, it is all about God.” Yes, I concur. But, God’s way of passing down the fact that it is all about Him, is through our prayers, words, and witness of our life to our heritage after us. It was Ms. Sally’s prayers that, (my Pop used to say), got him home from the war, and that, I believe, was the reason God still reached to Him and he was saved in his late 70’s. It was the unconditional love of my Pop that gave me my confidence and belief in grace. It was seeing my grandmother’s Bible on the table, and knowing she had been there at 5 that morning, that made me know there was something special in that book. It was the verbal and hands on blessing of my Dad that still touches my life today, and it was the gift passed down from my Mom, and that through her Dad, that allows me to share this Godly heritage through art. My children are now making their own choices. But all the while, they are being influenced by me, their grandparents, great-grandparents, and even the stories through art of their great-great grandparents.
“Grass Roots” This is my “Pop”, my grandfather, “Ms. Sally’s” son.
This is another picture I painted (acryolic on canvas) in ’07 of my Pop and me.I can still feel the coldness of his sleeves on the hot summer day… and I guarantee he had some “Double-mint” gum in his pocket to give me first chance he got.
“Driver’s Ed” My mother’s (Dot Courson) painting.
¶ Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
and thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
¶ And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not,
and houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full;
then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.
Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you;
(for the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you;) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.
¶ Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.
Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee.
And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers,
to cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the LORD hath spoken.
¶ And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our God hath commanded you?
then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand:
and the LORD showed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes:
and he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers.
And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.
And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.