Artist Hezron Maina

During the Art Residency in Nairobi, Kenya. It was a privilege to share a few tasks with Hezron Maina. The first one was the mask making, and the second one was painting a mural with him. He is very willing to share his skills and talents. I had a good experience working with him, and I learned a lot from his professional skills and attitude.

Hezron Maina is a self-taught artist, he has been in the Art field now for three years ( up to 2019). He has not done art at school except had some elementary introductions to it. After his secondary education, he  did a Heavy equipment operation course, but his heart drifted back to art. Nowadays he works as a visual artist and an interior designer.

Hezron Maina says, ” I love nature, and am inspired by God’s creation. My passion is to make God known through my paintings, for I believe that an image lasts longer in the human mind than a written statement. “

Hezron Maina has an amazing eye for details. I feel very humbled by his humility and talents. Hezorn Maina has a pastoral heart. Every night during the Art Residency, he called the local artists together for devotion. They studied the Word of God together, and prayed together.

What most impressed me was his genuine attitude towards people and towards God. On the last night of the Art Residency ceremony, Hezron Maina apologized to everyone and asked forgiveness if he had done any offensive towards anyone. I reckon he is a man of integrity and very humble.

This coming September, Hezron Maina is getting married to his beautiful bride. He has a heart for marriage, and I believe that he will have a beautiful and godly family in the future. God bless!

Artist Zoe Cromwell

Zoe Cromwell is a New Zealander and have lived in the South Pacific and also worked as an artist partner with SIM, using art in Ethiopia and the Middle East.  

She says, ” I’m keen to see more community working with artists, because creative people with skills in any of the arts can reach people who wouldn’t readily accept other kinds. That’s why I now organise art residencies in Kenya — and hope to spread this to other places. These events allow local artists and overseas artists to come together and find out what art could mean for them.  ”

Zoe Cromwell has rich experiences in painting and mixed media. She is a great mentor during the Art Residency, see more about Zoe Cromwell’s art works, please visit http://www.zoe.net.nz/

Love without limitation

I made this piece of art work during the Art Residency in Nairobi, Kenya.

Medium: Recycled newspaper, recycled fabric, acrylic paints and Eastern Asian ink on a canvas. 

Brief: 

The triptych on the canvas represents love overcoming all limitation.

The 1st panel is inspired by Maasai bead jewellery, made by objects found locally in Nairobi, Kenya, i.e. the recycled newspaper and fabric. The small feather in the centre is from a Korowai, which is from a N.Z. Maori cloak.

The 2nd panel is a local Kenyan girl wearing traditional jewellery beads. The 3rd panel is a girl from New Zealand, flying all the way to Kenya for the love of the local people and culture. 

Even though there are geographic, language and cultural boundaries, the love of Christ is still able to bring people from different cultural backgrounds together. This love crosses over all boundaries and obstacles without limitation. 

Artist Papaya

These are Papaya’s artworks shown during the Art Residency in Nairobi, Kenya, 2019.

I know Papaya through the Art Residency in Nairobi, Kenya, this June. I like the work of the mixed medium (the one on the top right corner) a lot, it is inspired from one of the local places we visited. She has a great gift in realistic drawing with pencil and pastel.

Papaya says, ” The Kenya trip helped to give me a boost in the right direction, I am more motivated to continue creating unique art that tells truth and shows beauty. ”

If you are interested in more of her art work, follow her on the Instagram ” art_patangee ” , and ” https://papayaportfolio.wordpress.com/ “.

He is with me all the time

valley, Jesus, peace, love, restful
Acrylic on canvas. 36.5 cm x 25.6 cm x 0.2 cm

Psalm 23:4
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me, your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Isaiah 40:11
He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young.