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  • From the Ashes by Abraham HunterDevastating forest fires destroyed so much here near my home in the Smoky Mountains last night. I could see the orange glow of flames and smoke through my window as Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge suffered under a historic and utterly heart-breaking night. I have watched so many friends lose homes and pets and businesses. I’ve been in tears since yesterday. I have felt so many people’s pain. But pain is my inspiration to do what I do best…paint to inspire and bring hope so I painted this painting today.

    Life has a lot of extremely scary fires, and we question why God won’t just send us even a little rain. We don’t realize at the time that fires nourish the ground with nutrients, revitalize the ecosystem, and kill off the old growth to make way for the new. The forest will be so much more beautiful than it ever was before once spring brings new life after the fire.

    This painting is a trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The friendly momma bear and her cubs are taking a morning walk to enjoy the new glorious life that has blossomed out of the charred remains of their home. They made it through the winter, and now life has a new beginning.

    My friends, we will make it through this. This is just the master plan to make everything even more beautiful. Weeping endured for a night, but joy comes with the dawn!

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  • mothersloveabrahamhunter

    September 2015

    There is something about a mother's love that is universal.
    ~ Abraham Hunter

    Edition: 12"x16" AP (25)

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    May 2016

    When we look at the animal kingdom, there is no type of large group gathering other than that which is beneficial for  the heard or pack -  protection, provision, and companionship.   There is no public display of anything resembling adoration of an elevated animal status.   Animals  exist to live, to eat, and to reproduce.  They aren’t capable of anything even resembling worship.   With Man, however, it is much different.   No matter how much modern society tries to get away from our Creator  there is still  this human  desire to worship.  Stadiums will fill up with 10’s of thousands to watch a performer, or millions will follow an entertainment icon online.    What is it in us that wants to cheer, or be a part of  “look up?”    Why do we want to connect with something “higher” than where we think we are?

    Humanity is different than all other animal life.   Scripture says at creation, God “breathed” life into Man.   This was a different form of creation than with the animals where He simply “spoke” them into existence.   This “Life” is a capacity in humans to relate with or experience a different form of life in this universe -  Spirit.    This spiritual capacity creates in us an awareness that there is something else, something unseen, which is important to our existence.  As if there is a void in us, we look elsewhere - we “look up.”     In the world of the spirit, however, there is “Light” and “Darkness”  - Truth and deception.   There are plenty of spiritual entities who are happy to give man a “line” or two about what to worship and what to think.   They have revealed themselves over time by name, or symbol, or religion.   Their desire is to keep our focus on them rather than Creator, so they offer power and “enlightenment” in exchange for loyalty.

    Jesus once said, “...if these (who were worshiping Him) didn’t, the stones would cry out” - revealing where true worship was to be directed.  Another time He told someone, “a time is coming when you will worship neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem” speaking of the tearing down of the local and current religious system (going to a place to offer sacrifices) and introducing us to true worship - when we would  “worship in Spirit and in Truth.”     He eludes to the heart of man who “seeks” and “knocks” to find this new form of worship in his teachings, and then he dies to make it all possible.

    Summer Chapel is all about “looking up” - seeking  the mystery -  and experiencing the Light.   I didn’t set out to portray these concepts, but after finishing, I noticed that even the bear cub is looking up with arms outstretched.   Sure, he is fascinated with the fire flies (or lightening bugs as we call them)  but he isn’t noticing that they, too, are on a heavenly ascent - following the rays of moon light up to the heavens.    Yes, there is darkness all around, but the etherial light points to the delicate mystery, the stained glass adds to the sense of joy,  and it all leads us to look up.   

    ~ Mark Keathley

    Editions: 18"x24" SN (195) and AP (35), 25.5"x34" SN (50) and AP (5), 30"x40" AP (25), 36"x48" Premier (5)

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    April 2016

    On this beautiful spring morning, a momma black bear is taking loving care of her cubs. She has just lulled one of them to sleep and now the other child needs her attention. Being a mother has to be the hardest job there is. But regardless, you can see the patience, love, and strength in her eyes. She’ll help them grow, teach them, protect them, love them, and be their role model. In these Tender Moments of their childhood she gives them memories and love to last a lifetime.

    During the many hours of painting this piece, I drew inspiration from my memories of my mother while growing up. I was one of five kids, and no doubt we caused her a lot of stress by how crazy we could be at times. Love is patient, love is kind, and that’s what we got from mom. This painting is dedicated to her and to all mothers who rarely get the credit they deserve..

    ~ Abraham Hunter

     

    Editions: 12"x16" AP (25), 18"x24" SN (95) and AP (15)

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    When I was a young artist (16 or 17 years old) I always took my latest creation to the person I knew would be the most excited about it. My Gramma (Annette Keathley) would put her hands over her face and say, “Oh the heavens declare the glory of God!” Her excitement about my art is probably what compelled me to do another painting the next day. Whenever I paint a glorious sunny sky I think of her and her desire to turn everything into a conversation about the sweetness and majesty of God. She left me a great legacy of faith and of art.

    –Mark Keathley

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