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Happy Place by Mark Keathley

Happy Place

With my toes in the sand and my fingers tangled in the hand of the one I love - it just doesn't get any better than a stroll on the beach. It's my "happy place" to go in my mind when life isn't so relaxing.  I created another place to go and rest for you and yours as you too try to rest in the moment of the the day. So kick your shoes off and relax in your special happy place. 
--Mark Keathley


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Sanctuary by Mark Keathley

Sanctuary by Mark Keathley

When I close my eyes to shut out the noise and business of the day it’s hard to find a place to “go” in my mind where I can be totally at ease – at peace with my self and my life. When I do try to shut it out and go to my happy spot internally, somehow this is what I see in my mind – there is this path leading through the dunes and flowers where the sand is still warm from the sun, and up ahead the moon is drawing me forward to the edge of the water where I can walk and be alone, where no one will interfere with my thoughts. It’s a time to “be still” and soak in the light. I let all my senses tune in to the truth – “it is well with my soul.” I hope this scene can become such a place for you – a place to meditate – a place to simply BE – your own personal “SANCTUARY.”

– Mark Keathley

Sanctuary by Mark Keathley

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Radiant Sunrise

Radiant Sunrise by Mark Keathley

I’ve been trying to create a spot where everyone can go to be alone with their thoughts, their own history, and their beliefs about themselves. In this place of stillness we can hear a new word – a truth from above which can change everything from that moment on. From this place and time forward it will be a new day, a new beginning – a “Radiant Sunrise”.

– Mark Keathley

Radiant Sunrise by Mark Keathley

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Summer Chapel



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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