Mary Kept All These Things and Pondered Them in Her Heart by Howard Lyon - 7 Unframed OptionsMary Kept All These Things and Pondered Them in Her Heart by Howard Lyon is a beautiful work of Christian art that would make a wonderful addition to any home decor setting.
"Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart." – Luke 2:19
“In this painting, I wanted to portray Mary in a way that I believe many mothers can relate to,” says the artist. “She has found a brief quiet moment to contemplate. There is a little concern in her eyes, knowing that there will be pain and hardship in the life of her child, but hope as well, for she knows that God loves her and has a plan for her and her child.
“She smiles as she reflects on the joy she feels when thinking of her son, turning to the future, confident and anxious, but faithful. Motherhood brings many emotions. Fear, joy, pain, and hope, concern and nearly inexpressible love can all be part of motherhood. No doubt Mary felt inadequate, but steadfast and faithful. She was humbled, though honored to have been chosen to have been part of Christ’s life.
“Mary must have often thought of the heavenly messenger that brought her such momentous news, the miracle of his birth, the sign in the heavens, the wise men, the shepherds and angels that bore witness. As Christ grew, she surely marveled at His wisdom and obedience, knowing that he was the Son of God.”
About Howard Lyon
Howard Lyon was born and raised, the youngest of five children, in Mesa, Arizona. Howard had very supportive parents who, even when he was very young, made sure he had the materials and education to hone his talents. While attending high school Howard met his wife, Shari Lunt. They married after they graduated, went to college, and they now have three children and reside in Mesa.
Howard began his career studying illustration working with artists such as Robert Barrett, Don Seegmiller, James Christensen and Greg Olsen. Over the past 15 years he has worked in the video game industry as an Art Director, concept artist and freelance illustrator. For much of his career he has painted dragons and trolls and other scenes from science fiction. His work can be found in products including Dungeons and Dragons books, World of Warcraft cards, Magic the Gathering, Orson Scott Card’s Inter Galactic Medicine Show and Star Wars.
He has studied art in Italy, France, and most recently at the Grand Central Academy in New York. He has combined these experiences to expand his subject matter to create inspirational pieces in the style of some of his favorite old masters: William Bouguereau, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, and John William Waterhouse.
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Whether you buy it for yourself or give it as a gift, you will love this reminder of God's goodness and unfailing love. It makes a great way to share your faith and anyone who receives it will treasure it.
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