As they create, artists experiences a journey and certain meaning behind their work. However, sometimes viewers pick up a different interpretation or connection than they does.
Here is an email that one of my clients sent me about three pieces he bought as a set. Except I didn’t paint them as a set. I don’t connect them together until he did.
“I don't remember which of these three sacred paintings by Mrs. Jessica Broich I saw first, but I do remember clearly the sense I got that they belong together, and tell the Holy Story of God's redeeming love."
"I can't speak for the artist of course, but as a worshipful observer I see in the first piece God the Father, the Holy and Most Merciful God tearing the veil separating humanity from Himself, as the Lamb of God gave up His life to save us from our sin and damnation.
In the second I see the victory of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Lord of all. To those who receive Him as risen Lord and Savior, the fires of hell are drowned by the Son of God and His Living Water.
In the third I see the Holy Spirit of God, sent from the Father and the Son into and upon His people, rescued by Jesus and representing Him to the world. "
"We purchased these paintings for our (medical) office prayer room and they serve as a holy and constant reminder during daily morning prayer of the central/core reality of our existence and our mission. We are a Christian pain management practice whose purpose is to point people to Jesus as the Living Embodiment of the saving and healing Love of God.
"Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed."
Dr. Heath McAnally, Eagle River, Alaska. To view his medical practice click here.
I was delighted by Heath’s encounter with my art. However, this can be frustrating for some artists as they want control over the message of their work. I have had to learn to let go and let the art speak for itself. If God is going to use my imagination and paint to bless someone I do not need to understand every interpretation.
I want to give you permission to see, feel and experience art separate from the artist’s interpretation. Yes, what I have to say about my work might be helpful but sometimes it’s not. No one can tell you want part of your journey you are on and God wants to meet you in the middle using whatever methods of communication will capture your heart.
So please tell me if you see something new in one of my piece that I have missed. I want to invite you into these artistic stories.
I like to write as well as paint. Often times the story behind a piece brings more life to the work. - Jessica Broich