In the Hebrew Bible in Exodus 31:1-5, we meet a man called Bezalel who was filled with the Spirit of God to be an artisan. Bezalel and others were to use their God-inspired creative and artistic abilities to create and design objects to help and enable people to glimpse the glory of God.
In his teaching and ministry, Jesus often alluded to the creation. He said things like, “Look at the birds of the air…”, “The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed…”, and, “Consider the lilies of the field…” He sought to place his teaching in tandem with images by asking people to look at things around them as examples of what God is like.
In her paintings, Amanda prayerfully seeks to capture the wonder and awe of God’s amazing creatures in the hope that these become a window to God’s glory and also prompt the worship of our wonderful and awesome God.
In a letter to artists by the late John Paul II he writes:
“Dear artists, you well know that there are many impulses which, either from within or from without, can inspire your talent. Every genuine inspiration, however, contains some tremor of that “breath” with which the Creator Spirit suffused the work of creation from the very beginning. Overseeing the mysterious laws governing the universe, the divine breath of the Creator Spirit reaches out to human genius and stirs its creative power. He touches it with a kind of inner illumination which brings together the sense of the good and the beautiful, and he awakens energies of mind and heart which enable it to conceive an idea and give it form in a work of art…
In this sense it has been said with profound insight that “beauty will save the world”. Beauty is a key to the mystery and a call to transcendence. It is an invitation to savour life and to dream of the future. That is why the beauty of created things can never fully satisfy. It stirs that hidden nostalgia for God which a lover of beauty like Saint Augustine could express in incomparable terms: “Late have I loved you, beauty so old and so new: late have I loved you!”…
Artists of the world, may your many different paths all lead to that infinite Ocean of beauty where wonder becomes awe, exhilaration, unspeakable joy.”