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Morning in Cades Cove

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August 2015

This particular morning in Cades Cove I was behind a line of cars crawling down the one lane blacktop. Brake lights were all on, maybe off for a couple seconds, then on again.

The morning mist was thick and the air was thin. I remember wishing I had a warmer jacket as I strolled away from the line of cars hoping to find a vantage point that just might get it all in. It rarely happens - where everything comes together and I hear music in the background as I take a photo! This day was no different, but the sun was eager to shine its light on the landscape, and that is what caught my attention. Everyone else was there to see the fall color or an illusive bear, but I was after the light. I took this photo, and smiled inside when I reviewed it on my camera screen.

As you can see, it was the "mood" that I was interested in when starting this painting. I arranged and re arranged some barns and a cabin, and decided to make it feel like I felt that morning, walking on my own through this picturesque countryside - nothing was planned. There was no "center piece." Just the randomness of nature and the addition of a family farm which I would see in a few minutes around the corner.

Then out of my imagination and longing, stroll a herd of deer into the pasture from a thicket on the left. Oh, did you hear that? It sounds like turkeys in the woods over there. Maybe they will come out too. There is something about these dawn moments that stirs the soul and helps us anticipate excitement and adventure in our life. With Morning at Cades Cove, I want to invite you to your new day. It is bursting with color and sound, and light - so go ahead and enter it with anticipation.

~ Mark Keathley

Editions: 18"x27" SN (95) and AP (15), 24"x36" SN (25) and AP (10)

Serenity

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July 2015

Few Places offer us the chance to feel alive and connected to the earth like the sea shore. The hurried pace of life with its traffic and schedules is not a place or time to contemplate our existence or purpose in life. I've rarely connected with my Creator while maneuvering through town on an errand that I don't want to take a long time. However, when I step out on to the beach, whether in Texas, California, Florida or the East Coast, I always have the same response - Serenity. Now I can meditate on what is important. "God, what do you have in store for me in my life?" "How do I need to perceive you to make it through this next season of life?" or "What would you have me do?" I've created a "meditative place" for you in your home. Simple lines, soft and smooth texture, and some morning sun rays appealed to me one morning on the eastern shore, All that it is missing in this painting is the steady roar of the waves as they continually roll over and massage the sand beneath your feet.

~ Mark Keathley

Editions: 18"x24" SN (95) and AP (15), 25.5"x34" SN (25), 30"x40" AP (15)

Come Unto Me

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March 2016

We are all aware of how painful, lonely, confusing, and restless life on earth can be. Often times when I'm alone with my thoughts, I find my heart seeking peace, rest, and renewing. I know I'm not alone in this feeling. When Jesus walked on earth, he saw right through our masks we put on each day that say "I'm fine". In this painting, we see Jesus as the loving shepherd. He has called the lambs out of the dark brush and briars and into the Son's light. As they draw closer, he reaches out to hold them. I hope when you view this painting, you can hear Jesus say to you "come unto me, you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

The large tree to the right is one of the trees in the real Garden of Gethsemane, and the shadow of Jesus and a limb from the tree cast a shadow of the cross on the ground. They remind us of the pain and agony that the Lamb Of God endured, so that we don't have to. Each time you see this painting, remember to always live your life like the little lamb that has jumped into the strong loving arms of Jesus. It is my sincere hope that this painting blesses you, and brings peace and rest to your heart

-- Abraham Hunter

Editions: 18"x24" SN (195) and AP (15)

Homecoming

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February 2016

Many churches have an annual tradition that they call homecoming. Church members who have moved away to other cities typically will come back to church that Sunday. It's always a lot of fun to reconnect with old friends.

We have a Christmas tradition that brings all the family together. We may not see each other during the entire year, but at Christmas, we're laughing and sharing our favorite dish together. In this painting titled Homecoming, I am envisioning the family getting together to celebrate Christmas and enjoying the warm fire in the fireplace. The setting is the turn of the century with an old Victorian house and a horse drawn carriage parked outside. Come on in and enjoy the warmth of home and the aroma of a fresh baked apple pie.
~ Abraham Hunter

Editions: 18"x27" SN (95) and AP (15), 24"x36" SN (95) and AP (15)