Crystal Deria

Original Pastel Paintings

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

The Bible says that we shall see the Lord's face when he returns. I always thought that was just a figure of speech. My faith was suffered by gnostisicm. Or put another way, I thought we'd all float off into heaven, to never touch, taste, or smell again.

But when the Lord resurrected. It was certain that he could make himself visible or invisible, tangible or intangible. Just as he told Mary not to cling to Him. Or how He sat down and ate breakfast with His disciples, spoke with them and even vanished from their sight.

After reading this, I was overwhelmed with joy! Tears flooded my eyes at the thought that one day I, a sinner, will see the Lord's face, literally! I will touch His peircings like Thomas and will smell His new incorruptible body.

This is what my paintings are all about, having a glimpse of our blessed future where we will ever be with the Lord.

***

In my 5th grade art class, I sat proud to showcase one of my drawings to my art teacher, to which he replied, "That's it? We learned that in kindergaten. You could've done it from a different angle or something, it's just... amateur."

For the following years I figured art was not my thing and that it was solely for the "gifted." It wasn't until many years later that I had visions of paintings in my sleep. Paintings of sheep and oil and other spiritual things. And I knew I had to try art again. I decided just to enjoy it and not worry about perfection, and in the end... it turned out,

HORRIBLE! A complete mess!

Going to art school wasn't an option, so I spent countless hours, studying color theory, shape, value, and composition. To which, I learned a few things. ;)

Proving to myself, that art IS my thing, I decided to let go of the need to make art that would be "relevant" or "unique", and instead engage in the art that I love the most.

To this day, my art is ever evolving and so is my faith!

Crystal Deria

Original Pastel Paintings

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

The Bible says that we shall see the Lord's face when he returns. I always thought that was just a figure of speech. My faith was suffered by gnostisicm. Or put another way, I thought we'd all float off into heaven, to never touch, taste, or smell again.

But when the Lord resurrected. It was certain that he could make himself visible or invisible, tangible or intangible. Just as he told Mary not to cling to Him. Or how He sat down and ate breakfast with His disciples, spoke with them and even vanished from their sight.

After reading this, I was overwhelmed with joy! Tears flooded my eyes at the thought that one day I, a sinner, will see the Lord's face, literally! I will touch His peircings like Thomas and will smell His new incorruptible body.

This is what my paintings are all about, having a glimpse of our blessed future where we will ever be with the Lord.

***

In my 5th grade art class, I sat proud to showcase one of my drawings to my art teacher, to which he replied, "That's it? We learned that in kindergaten. You could've done it from a different angle or something, it's just... amateur."

For the following years I figured art was not my thing and that it was solely for the "gifted." It wasn't until many years later that I had visions of paintings in my sleep. Paintings of sheep and oil and other spiritual things. And I knew I had to try art again. I decided just to enjoy it and not worry about perfection, and in the end... it turned out,

HORRIBLE! A complete mess!

Going to art school wasn't an option, so I spent countless hours, studying color theory, shape, value, and composition. To which, I learned a few things. ;)

Proving to myself, that art IS my thing, I decided to let go of the need to make art that would be "relevant" or "unique", and instead engage in the art that I love the most.

To this day, my art is ever evolving and so is my faith!

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