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July 2014 News

When art impacts life

  • Written by  Ian Anderson
“The Woman who Washes Jesus Feet” by local artist Donna Mitchell Photo: Donna Mitchell

When local artist Donna Mitchell was inspired to paint a series of women from the Bible, she never expected to be profoundly impacted by the love of Jesus.

It was during the two months of painting “The Woman who Washes Jesus Feet” that God revealed just how much He loved Donna.

“I had been struggling with the meaning of love in my own life,” said Donna. “God gave this woman to me to personally show me what love was.”

“The painting inspired me to become more intimate with Jesus and to keep my heart focused on Him. It was then I found that He opened the eyes of my heart and by loving Him first, my heart softened and love slowly came alive again.”

As she painted the woman, Donna said she began to see the well-known Bible character in a whole new light.

“I found this woman to be a true representative of all who feel unworthy of the presence of Jesus and His grace,” she said. “She was a sinner just like all of us, but she recognised her need for grace.”

“So this beautiful hearted woman showed me and encouraged me to bring to Jesus all that I am. To have the courage to move through the barriers that hold me back, so I can receive the power of His love and forgiveness.”

As a member of Rangeville Community Church, Donna was amazed when the church began a series on love, just as she had completed the painting.

“Donna’s painting has challenged and blessed us richly in various ways,” said Rangeville Senior Pastor Andrew Hoey. “There is the story of forgiveness and the opportunity to go forward in peace that Donna has captured in the beautiful expression on the face of the lady.”

Donna has been painting since her mum taught her at 8 years old. She has now been painting professionally for 25 years.

“I work in many mediums but my passion lies in painting portraits and using my gift to glorify God and bless others,” she said.

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