Patricia was a part of the famous “hippie” culture in the 70’s. It was a time of darkness and suicidal depression that led to an important discovery and a new direction in life.
Looking back, it was a good thing that I reached that low point. I needed the kind of help that no person on earth could give me. I think this condition helped me be willing to let go of all of my preconceived ideas and receive the truth. In this day of relativism, and even in the midst of my inner pain, I knew there had to be truth. I knew there had to be more. What I discovered was not only truth but holiness. When I saw the holiness of God, I realized what darkness and sin were. I had immersed myself in it. Now, without His help, I was going to be destroyed; crushed by a cruel, demanding world of performance and fraud. But God came with His love and forgiveness. Through this heavenly intervention I became aware of what the gospel really was all about.
Now I realized that Jesus died on that cross so He could rescue me out of this place of destruction. He placed His very own love down inside asking in return for my trust. That is the reality of every person's need for redemption and a personal and ongoing relationship with the King of the Universe.
Certainly I did not deserve love and I had nothing to offer. I had nothing but tears and a thousand horrible fears. When I encountered Love personified, I was changed deep down. I did not understand it with my mind, but from that time on, I had a motivating force for goodness inside and a desire for the light I couldn't explain. I couldn't stand the things that occupied my time before. It wasn't until a little later on, that my understanding caught up to my experience, but I had been "born again" through the power of the Holy Spirit of God.
The call to paint the mural rests on both my husband, Carl and I. Carl is the Point Man of this operation and encourages me to keep painting, but also works dilligently to keep the home fires burning and bills paid. As we reach out for that grace that only God can give, we design our lives to be able to fulfill this calling to complete the mural.
The nature of the paint which requires moderate temperatures, dictates to us that the Spring and Fall are the best times for this heavy-body acrylic paint to flow smoothly.
Art and music are my ways of expressing my grateful heart to the Lord for all He has done for me.