In The Dark & The Desolate. ✴︎

Painting is such a beautiful & artistic outlet; with every stroke I am drawn deeper into the details- finding myself emerged in a passionate/vibrant therapy session; a kind of catharsis. ✌︎

I came up with the idea of creating a series of paintings that all represent a single word or idea ➳ ultimately aiming to have a powerful & inspiring meaning at the root of each of them. 

Introducing the 1st of this series…This one is entitled: S T R E N G T H.  Although a simple word (& maybe a simple painting), it holds complex meaning.

I’ve traveled a bit amongst the desert lands of Nevada, Arizona & California ✈︎ & have seen my share of cacti residing in their natural habitat, but never really knew much about them up until this point. After doing a bit of research, the word “strength” is a powerful and most fitting one for the image painted on this canvas & holds many parallels to us humans on this journey we call life. Please allow me to share with you what I have learned myself! ☆



(& Humanity) ---> 

  • There are about 1,800 different species of cacti.

  • Cacti come in all shapes & sizes-from round & short, to thin & tall. The smallest grow just a few centimeters high, & the tallest can come close to 66 feet! 

    • With every individual, is a new species; we are all unique & have a completely specific gene makeup. Think about what makes you special & know you are one-of-a-kind baby!  
  • Known for being the plant/tree with one of the strongest defenses (POW!BAM!BOOM!)

  • Extremely well adapted for the dry, hot climate of deserts & virtually the only life that is able to inhabit these regions.

  • The cactus collects its water using its quite large root system. Small thin roots grow near the surface of the soil & collect as much rainwater as quickly as possible during the few times it rains. They can also have a single long thick root called a taproot which grows much deeper to reach underground water supplies when the top soil is dry.

    • Get rooted! The Cacti has roots which do vital work that goes on behind-the-scenes. The roots work to retrieve water, the Cacti’s main source for existence. Where are you rooted? Do you find yourself planted in desolate ruins where water is scarce or have you found a healthy life-giving environment that enables you to grow & prosper; a place of rich resource?

Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:7)

  • Cacti show many ‘adaptions’ to conserve water during long dry periods. An adaption is a trait in a living organism that helps it to survive, populate & evolve.

  • Cacti have sharp spines (those prickly needles) & tough skin —> these work to protect the cactus from animals (such as Coyotes & Owls) who would otherwise have easy access to the liquid inside! 

    • Defenses: Like the Cacti, we can have defenses up that protect us from harmful people or toxic situations. However, sometimes defenses remain against things that may be beneficial to us-things that may be trying to help us grow in one way or another. How will we experience these things if we continue to allow our walls to stand tall? We can't let fear be our foundation in how we live our life-it will only deprive us of good!

  • There are both dormant periods & periods of intense growth (& blossoming) for cacti. Periods of growth require enough water & sunlight; growth periods usually last shorter than periods of rest.

    • There is a time to work & a time to rest-the Cacti know this pattern all too well. I can get so hard on myself if i’m not constantly moving & seeing things transpire on the surface. It’s healthy & most necessary to rest and reboot! Just because you're moving doesn't mean you're making "progress" (food for thought).


#Be Resourceful.

#Be Life Among The Dead/Desolate.

#Be Purposeful In Choosing Defenses.

#Be Strong From The Inside-Out. 

#Be Unwavering Through Fluctuating Seasons.

#Be Content With Tranquility.

#Be a Source For Those in Need (those who thirst).