Linda McCray

"Let There Be Light," by Linda McCray, acrylic with sand from the River Jordan and Montana, on floating wood panel, 5' high by 8' wide

Gathering space, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX

Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.

Genesis 1:3

Artist Statement: While painting "Let There Be Light," I was reflecting on Genesis 1: 1-8. The dark areas symbolize "the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep." The metallic gold spiral with heavy texture and gestural brush strokes conveys "a wind from God."  Throughout time, artists have used gold to symbolize divinty.  "Let there be light" is translated as a burst of light.

"It was divine providence for our church to discover Linda's luminous paintings!  From our initial contact with her, I felt very comfortable with Linda's professionalism and desire to ensure that the final painting would match our vision. Her completed piece has blessed us with a vibrant representation of God's Word and a new - and highly personal - way to consider how God speaks to us through all aspects of his creation."

Elaine Peterson

Covenant Presbyterian Church

Austin, TX