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Tranquility by Abraham Hunter

May 2016

This little whitetail deer fawn is taking a rest in a quiet summer meadow. His mother has left him alone to nap, and he is peacefully awaiting her return. This fawn reminds me of the scripture in Isaiah , "You will keep him in perfect peace, those whos mind is steadfast, because they trust in you." Our heavenly father will come back for us very soon. Despite all of the craziness in the world today, we have the promise of perfect peace inside. I hope each time you see this fawn, he reminds you to be still, and soak up the peace that surpasses all understanding.

~ Abraham Hunter

Edition: 12"x16" AP (25)

God Shed His Grace


May 2016

I’ve been working on this for weeks!!! This is a painting inspired by life on the farms here in the mountains of Cades Cove, Tennessee! I always love capturing light and feeling in my paintings. A good painting can transport you in time or make you feel like you’re in the scene. In this piece, heaven’s light is breaking through the clouds of a September cold front. You can feel the fresh cool air blowing in over the mountains. The trees are just faintly tinged with autumns warm tones and some mallard ducks have arrived from Canada to spend winter on a southern farm. The wind mill stands strong and faces the winds of change, as sun casts its light on this homestead that reminds us of a simpler, more beautiful time gone by. This painting is a 18×27 and is titled God Shed His Grace. I Hope you all like it!

~ Abraham Hunter


Editions: 18"x27" SN (195) and AP (25)

Tender Moments


April 2016

On this beautiful spring morning, a momma black bear is taking loving care of her cubs. She has just lulled one of them to sleep and now the other child needs her attention. Being a mother has to be the hardest job there is. But regardless, you can see the patience, love, and strength in her eyes. She’ll help them grow, teach them, protect them, love them, and be their role model. In these Tender Moments of their childhood she gives them memories and love to last a lifetime.

During the many hours of painting this piece, I drew inspiration from my memories of my mother while growing up. I was one of five kids, and no doubt we caused her a lot of stress by how crazy we could be at times. Love is patient, love is kind, and that’s what we got from mom. This painting is dedicated to her and to all mothers who rarely get the credit they deserve..

~ Abraham Hunter


Editions: 12"x16" AP (25), 18"x24" SN (95) and AP (15)

Summer Chapel



May 2016

When we look at the animal kingdom, there is no type of large group gathering other than that which is beneficial for  the heard or pack -  protection, provision, and companionship.   There is no public display of anything resembling adoration of an elevated animal status.   Animals  exist to live, to eat, and to reproduce.  They aren’t capable of anything even resembling worship.   With Man, however, it is much different.   No matter how much modern society tries to get away from our Creator  there is still  this human  desire to worship.  Stadiums will fill up with 10’s of thousands to watch a performer, or millions will follow an entertainment icon online.    What is it in us that wants to cheer, or be a part of  “look up?”    Why do we want to connect with something “higher” than where we think we are?

Humanity is different than all other animal life.   Scripture says at creation, God “breathed” life into Man.   This was a different form of creation than with the animals where He simply “spoke” them into existence.   This “Life” is a capacity in humans to relate with or experience a different form of life in this universe -  Spirit.    This spiritual capacity creates in us an awareness that there is something else, something unseen, which is important to our existence.  As if there is a void in us, we look elsewhere - we “look up.”     In the world of the spirit, however, there is “Light” and “Darkness”  - Truth and deception.   There are plenty of spiritual entities who are happy to give man a “line” or two about what to worship and what to think.   They have revealed themselves over time by name, or symbol, or religion.   Their desire is to keep our focus on them rather than Creator, so they offer power and “enlightenment” in exchange for loyalty.

Jesus once said, “...if these (who were worshiping Him) didn’t, the stones would cry out” - revealing where true worship was to be directed.  Another time He told someone, “a time is coming when you will worship neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem” speaking of the tearing down of the local and current religious system (going to a place to offer sacrifices) and introducing us to true worship - when we would  “worship in Spirit and in Truth.”     He eludes to the heart of man who “seeks” and “knocks” to find this new form of worship in his teachings, and then he dies to make it all possible.

Summer Chapel is all about “looking up” - seeking  the mystery -  and experiencing the Light.   I didn’t set out to portray these concepts, but after finishing, I noticed that even the bear cub is looking up with arms outstretched.   Sure, he is fascinated with the fire flies (or lightening bugs as we call them)  but he isn’t noticing that they, too, are on a heavenly ascent - following the rays of moon light up to the heavens.    Yes, there is darkness all around, but the etherial light points to the delicate mystery, the stained glass adds to the sense of joy,  and it all leads us to look up.   

~ Mark Keathley

Editions: 18"x24" SN (195) and AP (35), 25.5"x34" SN (50) and AP (5), 30"x40" AP (25), 36"x48" Premier (5)