“As an artist I created this painting to give a sense of healing to the patients in the Avera McKennan hospitals. The three groups of seven birds refer to seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, which are: love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness, humility and self-control. The cross within the circle represents the old and new testaments of the Holy Bible. In the cross there are four symbols of the four seasons. Thus concluding that the Holy Spirit is always present regardless the time, situation or problems of a year. The olive branches found in the mouths of the birds represent peace and eternal life. This is from the story of Noah’s Ark found in the book of Genesis. Also in my painting there are stars, which symbolizes the Christian heaven. I am thankful and honored to create a painting as such in hopes to create a sense of diversity and healing within the Sioux Falls community.”
This was an article posted on the Avera Behavioural Health Center in Sioux Falls after the completion of a project I did with the hospital . This painting has also been printed on t-shirts and Mugs.