Rise Above by Mark Keathley
Frame size: 29" x 35"
Embelished giclee canvas edition framed.
I was honored to paint the featured work of art for this wonderful western art community and the patrons who enjoy the best western art event in America! I couldn’t have been more thrilled with the fall arts festival auction having set a new record sale for the festival and for me personally when two very interested bidders took the price over the top- $77,500 !!!! Thank you! Having so many family and friends here to share the moment added twice the joy! Thank you! I also got to meet so many amazing artists and art lovers – all the best to you all!
As we survey the political and social landscape which is changing fast around us, we often don’t really know what to do. Most of us have a gathering of friends that we talk to about such issues, those of like mind, but the conversation rarely leads us to peace. In my own life, as I have seen the abuse and victimization of others on TV (watching in horror as the fire of riots breaks out in senseless ways), I have only found one place where peace can be found. I close my eyes and picture myself high above sitting with my best friend, Jesus, where the conflict looks small and distant.
I asked him what I should do about that “down there,” and he said, “Do as I did. Let love reign.”
“How do I do that?” I asked.
“I will show you when the time comes. Just stick with me.” It wasn’t a voice I heard but an imaginary conversation that I believe is inspired by His Spirit within each of us. “I will give you what to say when the moment arrives. Let faith manifest in love. I am with you.”
You can see the concern on their faces. The landscape is changing before them so they retreat to a high place and sit quietly waiting for the moment when they will be called to “RISE ABOVE.”