"The Yearning" was awarded an honorable mention in the Oakton Foundation Visual Arts Competition 2019. This is a Foundation with the noble purpose of seeking to advance the Kingdom of God by lifting up the good, the true, and the beautiful through cultural renewal, and caring for
the world's poor and defenseless.
I submitted this painting with the following description:
This spiritual landscape was inspired by a walk down a lane in the countryside of southern Ontario. There were dead trees along the path. Apparently, they were diseased. Out of pity, I felt inspired to create this painting. This dead branch seemed to be reaching up and out to the white clouds above, as if longing to be part of the life around it. Deep down inside, we all have a deep yearning for something more...something not of this world. We long for God, Our Creator. Only He Has the ability to recreate or resurrect us, restoring us to life. There is always hope.